Kamaru Usman is using high in the UFC’s harmful welterweight division. The reigning 170-pound champ is coming off his third-straight title defense and completely ready to proceed choosing off each individual and every top rated contender.
The subsequent identify on Usman’s hit record is none other than Jorge Masvidal. The two welterweights achieved again at UFC 251 in July 2020 on “Fight Island.” Usman defeated “Gamebred” by means of unanimous choice, but Masvidal only had six times to get ready for the struggle. Masvidal’s absence of time to coach and identify a appropriate game program for the champ is the principal explanation why equally fighters want to operate it back again.
Thankfully, Usman and Masvidal will get there wish when the two welterweights collide once again for the undisputed title at UFC 261 future thirty day period in Florida (details Listed here).
“You reported you preferred a lot more than 6 times. Effectively, guess what? Now I’ve offered you 6 months,” Usman told TMZ. “You asked for 3, but I doubled it and gave you 6, so April 24, this time there’ll be no excuse. Which is it let’s go in. You know what I’m searching to do, place the nail in the coffin, so provide your best activity.”
Usman, who just defeated previous teammate Gilbert Burns by means of 3rd-round TKO at UFC 258, has carried out everything that the marketing has requested of him above the past handful of decades. He is speedily becoming a person of the most effective welterweight fighters of all time and a person of the most dominant champions in all of MMA right now. Usman’s results and dominance has allowed him to generate the bus in 2021 and phone out the fights he wants, which all begins with Masvidal.
“Let’s be straightforward: If I experienced to choose, I can do whatever I want to do,” Usman said. “I’ve cleared the division up. Now it is time to lap most people. It’s like we’re managing a race. Now I’m about to lap everyone, so I went in and instructed (UFC president Dana White), ‘Hey, give me him (Masvidal).’ He’s a rough male. I know he’s a tough guy. Yeah, it is risky, it’s harmful, but guess what? I want to put the nail in that coffin when and for all. And which is how that battle got made.”
Usman experienced a few other contenders to select from, including rival Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, and even Stephen Thompson, but the winner required his possibility to shut “Gamebred” down again. Masvidal has remained adamant that a more time camp and extra time to put together for Usman will create distinctive success. Usman is below to show that is not the case and that Masvidal is biting off extra than he can chew (once again).
“It’s two items,” Usman said. “One, he possibly certainly thinks it, which I have to get very, pretty seriously, or he’s just also stupid to realize what is taking place suitable now. So I have acquired to feel it’s the to start with one particular, and I’ve bought to get him at his phrase. He’s a very, incredibly risky opponent. I hardly ever took that absent from him. He did good matters in 2019, but that was 2019. Now it’s time to appear back again to reality. It’s 2021, (and) his ship has sailed.
“I stated it right before: You are a journeyman. Not in a disrespectful way because there is almost nothing incorrect with becoming a journeyman, but you are a journeyman and that is very good, because that signifies you’re gonna get some, you’re gonna shed some. That is Okay. There’s absolutely absolutely nothing mistaken with that, but don’t test to pose as if you are one thing much more than that, as if you could dethrone the champion. Really do not attempt and do that.”
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