Jorge Masvidal Blasts Kamaru Usman and ESPN Analyst Over Usman’s Claim Over Miami

Published 02/18/2021, 5:16 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Jorge Masvidal battles Kamaru Usman 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 rivalry between Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman breathed a new life this past weekend when Usman called out Masvidal for a rematch. Ever since then, the two have been constantly going back-and-forth on social media and in interviews. In one such interview, the welterweight kingpin claimed that the city of Miami is his and not Masvidal’s. This didn’t sit very well with the BMF champ, who issued a fiery response.

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In an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Usman blasted Masvidal for being a loser and getting beat up. Hence, he claimed that the city of Miami doesn’t someone like ‘Gamebred’.

“I run Miami,” Usman told Okamoto. “Miami is mine. He doesn’t run anything in Miami. You don’t run anything in Miami if you’re getting beat up like that. No city wants a loser. Miami is mine. I run Miami. So yes, he gets to leave his house to come fight in my arena in Miami…

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“It’s gonna be a great place to do it,” Usman added. “I don’t think they’ve ever had a UFC fight at the AAA Arena, so that would be amazing.”

Masvidal was quick to fire back and responded not just to Usman but to Brett Okamoto as well. He tweeted, “When ESPN uses their fake MMA reporter to report on a guy with a personality disorder.”

Jorge Masvidal had earlier expressed his desire to fight at the American Airlines Arena

Masvidal last stepped inside the Octagon when he fought Kamaru Usman on six days’ notice at UFC 251. While the fighter from Southern California came in the fight hoping to script a fairy tale, the champ thwarted his title aspirations. With a dominant outing, Usman retained his belt, putting an end to Masvidal’s title aspirations.

Since then, the BMF titleholder has stayed away from the Octagon. However, there have been no shortages of call-outs for him. From Colby Covington to Stephen Thompson, ‘Gamebred’ has remained an opponent top-ranked contenders want to fight with.

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However, Usman’s call out of Masvidal has brought the latter to the front of the line for a title shot. While ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ wants the fight to happen at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Masvidal also expressed his hope of fighting at the same venue a while back.

The odds of the fight happening at American Airlines Arena aren’t that great, however. This is because UFC supremo Dana White plans on having fights in an arena only if he can bring the fans to the full capacity.

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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