In anticipation of UFC 251 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Usman (16-1) has moved his camp to Denver, under head coach Trevor Wittman. The defending champion told ESPN his corner will consist of Wittman — who trains UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje and strawweight Rose Namajunas — Jorge Santiago, his brother Mohammed and possibly Gaethje.
Although Usman has worked with various coaches over the years to get different looks, this will be the first time in his eight-year professional career he’s actually held camp outside of Florida. He was a member of the now-defunct Blackzilians team in Boca Raton, Florida, going back to 2012, and has trained under striking coach Henri Hooft the majority of his career. Usman said he left the team on very good terms.
“Florida was the base for a long time, but you grow from there,” Usman told ESPN. “We always had a ton of guys, some of the best training partners out there and some great coaches.