‘Don’t Try to Pose’- Kamaru Usman Warns Jorge Masvidal Ahead of their Fight at UFC 261

Published 03/19/2021, 3:40 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria celebrates after his victory over Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has been a dominant force in the UFC. He has defended his title multiple times, and it has always been a sight to behold.

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The Nigerian beat the BMF belt holder, Jorge Masvidal, in his last fight and they will now fight each other at UFC 261 yet again. He talked to TMZ Sports ahead of this fight about how this fight took place, among other things.

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He talked about Masvidal’s will to fight him and the fact that the Cuban has promised to defeat him on multiple occasions. “It’s two things.

“One, either he truly believes it, which I have to take very, very seriously, or he’s just too stupid to understand what’s happening right now. I’ve got to believe that it’s the first one, and I got to take him at his word,” Usman said.

The Nigerian said that he respects Masvidal as an opponent and called him very dangerous. He appreciated his displays in 2019 but reminded him that 2019 was far gone.

I said it, and I have said it before, you know, you’re a journeyman. Not in a disrespectful way because there’s nothing wrong in being a journeyman,” he added. Masvidal got his big break when Nate Diaz called him out, and they fought for the BMF title.

Kamaru Usman asks Jorge Masvidal to be true to himself

He continued on the topic of Masvidal being a journeyman and said, “That’s good cause that means you’re gonna win some, and you’re gonna lose some. That’s okay.

“There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but don’t try to pose as if you’re something more than that, as if you can dethrone the champion.

Their first fight was a dominant display from the champion. He won the fight via a unanimous decision and won 4 of the 5 rounds, with some people being on the fence for the first one.

However, Masvidal took the first fight on short notice after Gilbert Burns pulled out of the fight.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: (R-L) Jorge Masvidal punches Kamaru Usman of Nigeria in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020, on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The fight will certainly be filled with some amazing moments and sparks. The last fight was one-sided, and the Cuban fighter will be motivated to put on a better display. Wait for UFC 261 and make sure that you don’t miss it.

Do you think Jorge Masvidal can beat Kamaru Usman this time around?

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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