Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman will conflict as soon as once more for the UFC welterweight title this weekend.
The primary time, the combat was put collectively on six days discover after Gilbert Burns, Usman’s authentic opponent, was compelled to withdraw with Covid-19.
Masvidal stepped up at UFC 251 and went the gap, however Usman secured the landslide win on factors.
This time, Masvidal has had a full camp and has been coaching only for Usman. When he bought on the scales for the load in – the place he was precisely 170lbs – Gamebred seemed in excellent situation.
When the combat passed off in 2020, the BMF champion seemed drained from having to lose a lot weight so rapidly. Slicing weight like that made him look shredded, however he additionally practically fainted on the stage.
This time round, he appears a wholesome 170lbs and that might make all of the distinction when the pair conflict at UFC 261.
Usman brazenly selected to present Masvidal one other shot on the title after the pair intimated they might run it again after their first short-notice encounter.
Masvidal says ought to he win at UFC 261, he’ll give the Nigerian Nightmare the identical courtesy.
“Positively, he gave me an opportunity,” Masvidal mentioned on the UFC 261 pre-fight press convention (through MMAFighting). “Whether or not we see eye-to-eye on issues or not, he gave me one other likelihood to compete, so I’ll positively give him the prospect to compete once more.”
Usman says issues should not private between him and Masvidal, at the very least from his perspective. It’s all enterprise, however the champion needs Masvidal to know he’s executed him a favour.
“Let’s simply be sincere right here,” Usman mentioned to Masvidal. “You’ve bought 14 losses in your profession, seven within the UFC. You’re 3-Three in your final six. You’re sitting there as we speak as a result of I selected you.”
The title combat is only one of three on the cardboard for UFC 261 this week with Rose Numajumas difficult Weili Zhang for the UFC girls’s strawweight title and Valentina Shevchenko defends her girls’s flyweight title in opposition to Jessica Andrade.