Kamaru Usman had a very long and impressive reign over the welterweight division in the UFC. Usman came close to breaking Anderson Silva’s record of 16 win streak however his aspirations were cut short when Leon Edwards landed a kick flush to the side of his head and knocked him out cold.
Previously Usman has dealt with a great deal of PED use accusations – in part because his physique has couple of tell-tale signs of PED use.
Among the evidence that makes Usman suspect are his acne, especially the back acne and stomach bumps.
But according to Usman – there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for these stomach bumps.
In a recent interview with Joe Rogan, Usman explained:
“Of course, people accuse me all the time, and I never really told my story,” Usman told Joe Rogan on his podcast. “So one day I kept seeing people tagging me in this video. It’s some f****** guy, some dumbass that is on YouTube that swears he can spot people on PEDs.
“… So they point to marks on my stomach. I have five scars on my stomach. You know, like burn discoloration on my stomach. So they took that and came up with this whole theory about it. It kind of hurt my feelings.”
But it doesn’t end there. Apparently Usman wouldn’t let the stomach heal and went back to training:
“Okay, so here’s the story. I was a little self-conscious about it, I was in college, and this was my junior year. I started getting these moles, on my stomach and on my hand,” Usman explained. “I’m one of those clean freaks like I always shower right after practice. So I start scratching it, and it starts bleeding, so I’m like damn, this is irregular.
“… [The doctor] said what we could do is burn it off … So I’m still training heavily during the summer because I was just like an addict of wrestling. I wanted to catch up to everybody and exceed everybody. So the summer was the time for me to catch up. … So I wrestled, and later that evening, I get in the shower. I’m showering and all of a sudden, just burning. So I look down, and I’ve like scraped them off. I was told to just leave them and they would fall off on their own, but my dumb ass wrestled.”
Ultimately, Usman still denies the accusations and claims it’s his hard work that has gotten him all his success so far.
He also had a reminder for people who believe his physique isn’t natural.
“So then its guy is like ‘oh, he’s doing PEDs’. Look, he’s got marks on his stomach, and he hurt my feelings. I’m like one of those guys, I don’t even think about PEDs because of my work. I probably have dealt with someone who is cheating or fought someone who is cheating, but my work exceeds all of that. So when I see idiots online, I’m like, have you been to Africa? There are a lot of Francis Ngannous walking around.”