Kamaru Usman, the welterweight champion of the UFC, has been cast in the next Black Panther sequel.
As the first African-born champion of the MMA organization, The Nigerian Nightmare made history in March 2019.
And Usman will appear in the second chapter of the successful Black Panther trilogy, three years after his convincing victory over the reigning champion Tyron Woodley.
Usman’s involvement in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has been the subject of rumors since last week.
The pound-for-pound king tweeted the movie’s poster on Sunday night, confirming his participation. The movie will be released in theaters on November 11.
One UFC fan immediately commented, “I don’t like Usman, but it’s good publicity for the sport,” another said, “I don’t like Usman.”
Another person remarked, “The BIG screen is about to get Nigerian King!”
Another person added, “Usman makes a cameo in the movie. What if he turns out to be the new black panther?
“Think of Usman as a multidimensional, Black Panther,” one said.
“Wakanda forever,” exclaimed another.
Usman’s part in the widely awaited sequel is yet unknown, although it will most likely be a cameo.
The 35-year-old Usman will defend his welterweight championship for the sixth time later this month.
At UFC 278, in a rematch seven years in the making, British fighter Leon Edwards will attempt to unseat the pound-for-pound champion.
Since that fight, Birmingham heavyweight Edwards has won nine out of his past ten bouts in the octagon.
Usman recently remarked on his advancements: “Leon is much crisper with his hitting.
“He strikes the ball quite well. Let’s just be honest, I mean.
“In the bout with Nate Diaz, we witnessed it. He subjected him to five rounds of torture.
“Nate Diaz then came in, made that shot, and stole the show, doing what Nate Diaz does best.
“You do remember that Leon Edwards prevailed, don’t you? So I consider Leon to be much better.
“His wrestling and grappling are considerably better, but I’m also a lot better,” the speaker said.