Here’s How Jorge Masvidal Transformed His Body Since the First Time He Fought Kamaru Usman

Published 04/20/2021, 11:34 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Jorge Masvidal prepares to fight 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)


Jorge Masvidal has the opportunity to taste UFC gold for the first time this weekend against Kamaru Usman. ‘Gamebred’ has been given an opportunity that probably no one else has ever been given in the promotion. He received an immediate rematch for the title after getting absolutely dominated in the first fight with two judges scoring the fight 50-45. 

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However, given that ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ wanted the rematch, and that Masvidal is a huge name in the sport, it only made sense for the UFC to run it back between the two men. This fight will be in stark contrast to the first one for Masvidal, as he has had the opportunity to undergo a full training camp. 

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Can Jorge Masvidal avenge his loss at UFC 261 against Kamaru Usman?

One of the main changes that comes with being part of a full training camp is better physical conditioning. Masvidal accepted the first fight on less than a week’s notice, and that was clear when he stepped into the octagon. 

Masvidal was not as lean as usual, and understandably so as he did not go through a rigorous training camp. The BMF came in a lot leaner and in better shape against Nate Diaz at UFC 244 than he was at UFC 251

Masvidal did not particularly struggle to last five rounds with the champion at UFC 251. However, with a full training camp under him, ‘Gamebred’ can use a lot more of his offense without worrying about getting tired in the later rounds. If recent pictures are anything to go by, ‘Gamebred’ looks in incredible shape as he prepares for a rematch. In a video posted on his Instagram page, Masvidal looks extremely lean, more so than he has ever before. 

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‘Gamebred’s’ fans will be hoping that he would have focused on his wrestling and takedown defense in order to keep the fight on the feet where he has the best chance. 

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What do you make of the rematch between the two men? Do you think the result will be the same as the first fight? Or do you think Masvidal can get his hand raised this time out? Let us know in the comments below!

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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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