UFC 251: Masvidal will do 'whatever it takes' for Usman rematch

Brenda Watkins
July 13, 2020

President Muhammadu Buhari has described Kamaru Usman's Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) successful welterweight title defense as a sign that good things and great people can still come out from Nigeria.

In the wake of Masvidal's failed welterweight title bid, the MMA community is already speculating as to what will be next for him.

Usman, who has now tied George Pierre's UFC welterweight record of 12 straight victories, is the Ultimate Fighter 21 tournament victor.

However, Masvidal seemingly has no interest in this matchup.

Following the fight, Masvidal broke down his performance and commented on what might be next for him. "Cause he got finished by this guy with a full training camp". That guy's below me and this dude by a lot. "I just feel like I should have been in overall better shape".

With this victory, the welterweight titleholder has beaten the contenders ranked from #2 to #5 (Colby Covington, Masvidal, Leon Edwards and Tyron Woodley) in the division now. When he talks about you, he knows that you're better than him. "I had to switch gears and prepare for him on six days' notice". He got his jaw broken, had to run out of there.

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"Gamebred is tough and he showed it out there."I think Jorge is tough". But I dug deep in the last round and got the job done.

"In the beginning, we wanted to put pressure on him and make him exhausted and after the third round, start attacking".

Former strawweight champion Rose Namajunas also avenged her loss to Jessica Andrade with a split-decision victory over Andrade in their rematch on Yas Island, the UAE tourist destination turned into a secure bubble by the UFC this month during the coronavius pandemic.

"MMA is more than about the belt", Masvidal said. "I won't fight a Joe Blow or an up and comer". Interim title fights are omitted with the exception of Aldo- Frankie Edgar 2, since the victor of that fight ended up being promoted to undisputed champ without a unification bout.

Holloway had won 14 featherweight fights in a row to hold the 145lbs strap for two years and had five title fights, so he would have been aware of how the champ often holds the edge when a close fight goes the distance.

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