Nigerian UFC champion identified as Kamaru Usman has retained his Welterweight title after winning his American opponent, Jorge Masvidal at the UFC 251 last night on ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
However, Kamaru reportedly dominated the fight as he defeated Masvidal, 35, via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46), equalling former champion Georges St. Pierre’s record of 12 straight wins at welterweight.
It was also reported that Masvidal got off to a quick start in the opening round, lobbing a series of fast strikes and taking down Usman. But Usman took over the clash from the second round on, delivering foot stomps, body shots, and shoulder strikes as he dominated the fight till the last round.
Furthermore, it was also gathered that the fight between Usman and Masvidal was arranged only in the past eight days after Usman’s actual opponent, Gilbert Burns, tested positive for the coronavirus and withdrew from the fight.
After the fight, the undefeated champion Usman said: ‘Gamebred is the biggest, baddest dude out there right now, so I had to switch gears preparing for him on six days’ notice. All these guys are preparing for one guy and that’s me, at the top of the mountain.
‘I trained for Gilbert, I had a different game plan. Gamebred is tough, he landed some elbows from the bottom and he didn’t quit.
He continues: “I knew Jorge is tough, I’ve always said it minus all the trash-talking and all the things going on, Jorge is a tough guy and I give him credit for that.
‘I just level better. I have more tools in the toolbox and when I need to I can pull them out and use them’ he added.
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