The first title fight between Usman and Masvidal took spot in July 2020 at UFC 251 in which Usman gained by dominant decision. Usman oustruck Masvidal in overall strikes 263 to 88, he also secured five takedowns and taken care of management time for 16:38 (just around 3 rounds).
Even though it was a 1-sided effectiveness, Usman’s initial opponent Gilbert Burns was forced to pull out just after he contracted COVID-19 and as a end result, “Gamebred” crammed in for “Durinho” on just 6 days detect.
Not only did Masvidal have to vacation from Florida to Las Vegas and then to Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, he also had to cut fat to 170 lbs throughout that span of time as effectively.
Masvidal spoke of the change amongst slicing pounds on brief detect for UFC 251 and what it was like to reduce excess weight previously in his vocation.
“The pounds slash was tricky, and as you get older it just gets rougher. When I applied to fight at [lightweight] I applied to lower among 17 and 18 kilos,” Masvidal explained. “It would damage but I could do it. I could recuperate, it was not a fantastic feeling.”
“Gamebred” then offered perspective of what his small detect bodyweight minimize was genuinely like.
“It wasn’t my greatest weight slash, I can explain to you that much. The very last three pounds to slice took for a longer period than the initial 17 if that kind of offers you a far better comprehending of how tricky it was. But as I stand proper now, I just completed instruction suitable now I’m like nine lbs to go. So, let us rock and roll.”
With an suitable amount of time to cut down to 170, it delivers Masvidal with a significantly far better chance to gain welterweight gold.
But there are undoubtedly other takeaways from the initially struggle that Masvidal can use to have a improved likelihood at victory at UFC 261. Just one of individuals takeaways include making an attempt to come across a way to evade Usman’s foot stomps that accounted for a sound quantity of the strikes Usman landed that were being mentioned previously.
“We received some options for that,” Masvidal mentioned. “But the initially thing is becoming in superior shape. Not obtaining to reduce a nuts amount of money of fat. So I have my legs underneath me, I obtained a tiny little bit of electricity in me. I received my pace with me. All those things glance ‘check, check’,” Masvidal stated even though crossing the two off an imaginary checklist. “Since I have bought in this battle I started out working suitable away. Performing the factors I experienced to do fall my body weight. My excess weight is great, so I am not apprehensive about everything this man does.”
To Masvidal however, the most crucial element headed into the combat is unsurprisingly, who will be the most game.
“It’s not even about the talent. It is about the will of the particular person, the doggy in the human being. There is a large amount of other fighters that I in all probability would not battle on six times see due to the fact I’m like ‘Man, those people men are signify. If I’m not in condition and I’m a little bit fatigued, they’re gonna attempt to break my nose. They are gonna check out to harm me,” Masvidal reported. “Usman’s not that guy. He’s by no means been. He’s a fucking coward.”
Although quite a few think a sequel can never be as fantastic as the first act, Usman and Masvidal will search to disprove that notion Saturday.