With the addition of Jorge Masvidal into the UFC 251 line-up, ‘Combat Island’ immediately acquired larger and higher.
That’s no offence meant for Gilbert Burns, whose likelihood at Kamaru Usman’s welterweight title was taken away because of a optimistic Covid-19 take a look at.
Nonetheless, Masvidal and Usman have dangerous blood and the disagreement have been raging for months, particularly since they almost got here to blows at a Tremendous Bowl media day earlier this 12 months.
Now, the pair will battle over Usman’s welterweight title at UFC’s Combat Island in Abu Dhabi.
Masvidal has known as the champion a coward in latest days and insists an early knockout is incoming.
Usman secured the welterweight crown by defeating long-reigning champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 235 and he did it by counting on his superior wrestling abilities.
He suffocated Woodley and prevented his rival from firing off any of his explosive assaults and drained him of the vitality he’d want to take action.
That’s been a recurring theme in Usman fights, however he confirmed one other aspect of his sport in his conflict with Colby Covington at UFC 245 in December.
Covington had been his loud, brash self within the construct up and in the end wrote a cheque he couldn’t money.
Usman dominated him and regardless of not being famed as a striker, he broke his opponent’s jaw within the third spherical earlier than his TKO win within the fifth and last spherical.
Talking after the battle, Masvidal mentioned he thought that might be the final of Covington, particularly since he had campaigned for the battle for thus lengthy.
“I don’t suppose he comes again,” the BMF champion mentioned.
“24 minutes of beating his ass, after which put him out. And that’s that.”
When Masvidal clashes with Usman, on the floor, it seems to be like a really harmful striker taking over a top-tier grappler.
Nonetheless, as Usman proved in December, he has energy to be reckoned with and Masvidal shouldn’t take his putting talents evenly.
Covington acquired harm badly towards UsmanMasvidal, although, is already dreaming of carrying UFC gold.
Requested who he wish to defend his title towards – ought to he emerge victorious at ‘Combat Island’ – he instructed ESPN rematches towards Nate Diaz and Stephen Thompson are on his thoughts.
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