Usman obtained what he desired and will confront Masvidal in the UFC 261 principal party April 24 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.
Though Usman scored a definitive unanimous final decision win over Masvidal to retain his title previous July, Masvidal took the struggle on only 6 days’ observe, which had several individuals questioning if the combat would go otherwise experienced “Gamebred” been supplied a entire camp. It’s a issue that Masvidal himself drove home following the fight.
Because then, Usman defended his title for a 3rd time by ending Gilbert Burns past month at UFC 258, though Masvidal has however to contend. Nine months just after their 1st outing, the pair are set to operate things back, and the base line is that Usman would like to verify Masvidal has no opportunity of beating him irrespective of the instances.
“You mentioned you required more than six times. Well, guess what? Now I’ve given you six weeks,” Usman informed TMZ. “You requested for 3, but I doubled it and gave you six, so April 24, this time there’ll be no excuse. Which is it let’s go in. You know what I’m looking to do, set the nail in the coffin, so provide your very best activity.”
Usman added that with no a very clear to start with-time opponent to problem him, he was in place to get in touch with his shot.
“Let’s be truthful: If I had to pick, I can do whichever I want to do,” Usman explained. “I’ve cleared the division up. Now it’s time to lap everyone. It is like we’re functioning a race. Now I’m about to lap all people, so I went in and explained to (UFC president Dana White), ‘Hey, give me him (Masvidal).’ He’s a difficult man. I know he’s a challenging dude. Yeah, it is risky, it is unsafe, but guess what? I want to put the nail in that coffin when and for all. And that is how that struggle acquired manufactured.”
With the likes of Leon Edwards and Colby Covington, each of whom Usman has defeated, and Stephen Thompson vying for title rivalry, Usman (18-1 MMA, 13- UFC) opted to rematch Masvidal (35-14 MMA, 14-8 UFC), who’s self-assured that he’s the greater fighter.
But Usman begs to vary.
“It’s two items,” Usman explained. “One, he possibly really thinks it, which I have to consider quite, pretty very seriously, or he’s just also stupid to have an understanding of what is taking place ideal now. So I have acquired to believe that it’s the 1st one particular, and I’ve bought to take him at his term. He’s a very, extremely harmful opponent. I hardly ever took that absent from him. He did great factors in 2019, but that was 2019. Now it is time to come back again to fact. It is 2021, (and) his ship has sailed.
“I stated it ahead of: You are a journeyman. Not in a disrespectful way due to the fact there’s almost nothing completely wrong with remaining a journeyman, but you’re a journeyman and that’s excellent, because that implies you’re gonna earn some, you’re gonna drop some. That’s Alright. There is absolutely practically nothing wrong with that, but really do not attempt to pose as if you are some thing more than that, as if you could dethrone the champion. Don’t try out and do that.”