‘Full Camp He Says Nope’- Kamaru Usman Turns Down a Rematch Against Jorge Masvidal

Published 02/20/2021, 5:30 AM EST
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)


The rivalry between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal is getting even more heated with each passing day. The last time the two men faced each other was at UFC 251. ‘Gamebred’ stepped in on short notice to fight against Usman after his opponent, Gilbert Burns, pulled out of the fight due to a positive COVID test. 

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The event did extremely well and was the second most successful PPV of 2020. It was just shy of UFC 246 headlined by Conor McGregor. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense from a business point of view to run it back between the two men. 

However, recent exchanges on Twitter might suggest that the champion has something else in mind apart from Jorge Masvidal. 

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A few hours back, the welterweight champion, Usman, tweeted, “F**k it I’m not feeling generous anymore. Anyone can get it #AndStill”

To which the ‘BMF’ replied, “That’s what I thought. Full camp he says nope! Got cold feet when you heard we said yes #freebritney

After a spectacular title defense at UFC 258, Usman called out the UFC’s BMF. He stated that the American Top Team fighter took the fight at short notice, as he had a built-in excuse. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ then took it a step forward and challenged Masvidal, stating that he would not be able to beat him even with a full training camp. 

Shortly after, Masvidal’s manager tweeted that he would be open to a season of The Ultimate Fighter with Usman and Masvidal as head coaches. It seemed as though the idea was picking up momentum as ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ shared pictures of him with Dana White. The MMA community assumed that he was meeting with the UFC brass to discuss a possible deal for a TUF coaching gig. 

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: (L-R) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria kicks 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)

However, his latest tweet has thrown a curveball at all the recent developments that have been taking place. What do you think the tweet is about?

Is it just for fun and games? Or is Kamaru Usman eyeing something else over a fight with Masvidal? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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