The build-up to the fight between Usman Kamaru and Jorge Masvidal as the main event of UFC 251 had meant the clash won’t serve us up the type of explosive thriller of a fight we would have all wanted, but the champion had a plan and that was to defend and retain his title.
Usman was supposed to have his defence title fight against Gilbert Burns but his opponent was changed from the Brazilian to American Jorge Masvidal six days before the fight after Gilbert Burns was confirmed to have tested positive for Coronavirus.
In came Jorge Masvidal who had for a longtime elaborated on his dislike for the Nigerian Nightmare. The fight had been on the cards for a while now, it was supposed to be the ultimate fight of the two best fighters in the welterweight category but the fight just didn’t come along in the proper way people wanted it. But it saved UFC from not having a main event on Saturday night so it had to happen event though Masvidal had just 6 days prior notice to prepare.
So just as anticipated the fight lack the explosive action as most would have wanted as both fighters failed to get clean shots in the early rounds. However, Usman Kamaru showed while he’s been the champion for the past 12 months, he caught Masvidal early in the first giving him a cut close to his eyes. Masvidal obviously seen not to be in top physical condition, was relying heavily on getting Usman caught out by knocking him out to get the win which Usman tactical avoid and took the fight to the mat and rest of the fight was made to be wrestling fight. Usman had lots of takedowns and controlled the fight from start to finish.
He’s a problem! 🇳🇬
— UFC (@ufc) July 12, 2020
In the end, it was an easy win for Usman via unanimous decision and the first UFC loss for Masvidal.
The UFC 251 victory was Usman’s 12th straight win 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.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 12, 2020
The fight held in the early hours of Sunday, July 12, 2020 (Nigerian time) but Nigerians were already awake to support one of their own. As usual, Usman was the top trend on Twitter as Nigerians reacted to the fight and his victory.
Usman Kamaru was born and raised in Nigeria before he migrated 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.
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