Nigerian UFC Champ Kamaru Usman Gave Jorge Masvidal A Showdown To Defend His Welterweight Title

by Duke Magazine

Kamaru Usman has once again retained his belt and put up a tie to  the record for the most consecutive win in the division. The bout was announced within a short notice albeit, but it was an electrifying showdown between Nigerian star Kamaru Usman American fighter Jorge Masvidal.

Recall that Usman was slated to defend his Welterweight title against the Brazilian Gilbert Burns, but another contender had to be arranged in six days due to the  fighter testing positive to coronavirus.

To Masvidal, who has had no problem in the past elaborating on his dislike for Usman.

This was a fight people always wanted and although it didn’t come in the proper way, it saved UFC 251 from not having a main event. 

As expected, the fight was far from explosive as both fighters failed to get clean shots. Usman however showed why he has been the Welterweight champion for over a year. With Masvidal not in his top physical fitness, he was relying on a knockout to get the win which Usman avoided.

Usman caught Masvidal early in the first round and gave the American a cut close to his eye but they both spent the rest of the fight mainly wrestling.

Usman had lots of takedowns and controlled the fight from start to finish.

In the end it was cruising win for Usman by an unanimous decision, thereby giving Masvidal his first UFC loss.

The UFC 251 victory was Usman’s 12th winning streak in the UFC, tying the record for the longest welterweight win streak.

Jorge is a tough guy and I give him credit for that but I’m just levels better,” Usman said in his post-fight interview.

I have more tools in the toolbox and when I need to pull them out, I can pull them out and use them.” 

On Masvidal’s part, the American feels he deserves another opportunity to face Usman.

“We are going to run it back,” he told Usman after the fight.

The fight was held in the early hours of Sunday, July 12, 2020, and Africans, most especially Nigerians were giving a huge route for their very own. 

Usman was born and raised in Nigeria emigrating to the United States with his family at the age of eight. 

Despite holding an American passport, the 33-year-old fights in the UFC as a Nigerian and goes by the nickname of The Nigerian Nightmare.

Congratulations to you champ!!!

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