Kamaru Usman returns to the octagon at UFC 258 this weekend as he appears to proceed his dominance as welterweight champion.
Usman was final in motion in July and secured a UFC 251 primary occasion win over Jorge Masvidal.
It was a methodical affair and whereas that may generally be equally pleasurable from a purist standpoint, it’s truthful to say that almost all followers wished to see Masvidal baptise Usman or hand him a three-piece and soda.
However that simply wasn’t to be.
After taking the battle at six days’ discover, Masvidal was evidently in need of the cardio necessities a bout towards a world-class grappler would entail.
When you think about Usman spent simply over 10 minutes of the 25 minute battle within the clinch, that tells you all the things you could know.
Check out the highlights from the battle beneath to look at the way it all unfolded.
Masvidal confirmed nice vigour all through to flee Usman’s expert clutches, however he was so exhausted from these struggles he didn’t carry the identical explosiveness and energy within the later rounds.
Following the bout, there was an plain respect between the pair and Usman appeared to agree when Masvidal urged they might run the battle again if and when Masvidal will get a few wins below his belt.
Talking after the battle, Masvidal gave Usman his due, but in addition insisted he might defeat the champion with a full camp.
“I’m not going to make no excuses. He was the higher man tonight,” stated Masvidal.
“There have been some areas the place I didn’t give him sufficient credit score, and there have been some areas I felt with a greater coaching camp I might positively surpass him.
“I believe I confirmed plenty of my wrestling on six days’ discover that I’m not too simple to take down and to carry down on the bottom.”
“I made plenty of errors,” continued Masvidal, who later admitted he obtained drained because the bout dragged on. “I didn’t really feel my gasoline tank was the best.
“He received truthful and sq.. I’ll do no matter it takes to get again in entrance of that man and compete once more and get my hand raised.
“I’ve obtained components in my head although on how one can beat him the following time.
“I believed I had the components. Now I do know the components — it takes plenty of gasoline tank, plenty of conditioning, much more wrestling rounds with excessive stage guys. So I positively obtained a sq. root on how one can beat this man.”