‘I Keep Going Until The Ref Pulls Me’- Kamaru Usman on UFC 261 KO

Published 04/25/2021, 10:12 AM EDT


UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman absolutely demolished Jorge Masvidal in the main event at UFC 261. He successfully defended his championship in front of a live crowd in Jacksonville, Florida. The ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ made a strong case for himself to be known as Number.1 P4P fighter in the promotion.

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In the post-fight presentation, the Nigerian- American talked about many things about the fight. He explained about his preparation for the fight, dedicating his win to his native land, and many more things.

When asked about being satisfied with hitting extra shots after the knockdown, the champ explained that even though he had Masvidal on the ground knocked out; it was the referee’s duty to let him know when to stop. Referee Herb Dean didn’t act immediately, although Masvidal had already been put to sleep.

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This allowed Usman to land a few more punches. He said, ” Extra shots, what do you mean? It was extra shots? The ref didn’t pull me off yet so, you know, I keep going until the ref pulls me off and you know, those [punches] are super necessary.”

The ‘super necessary’ remark was indirectly aimed at Masvidal, After his record-breaking victory against Ben Askren, where he had won via running knee KO inside 5 seconds, ‘Gamebred’ had mentioned extra shots landed after KO to be super necessary.

He was asked after his fight why he landed extra punches even though they were unnecessary, the BMF champ had replied, “It was super necessary...Why weren’t they necessary?.. the referee hadn’t pulled me off and my job is to hit somebody till the referee pulls me off.” Looks like Usman had taken a cue from Masvidal’s conference.

The Undefeatable Kamaru Usman

Usman (19-1) has now defeated Masvidal twice in a year. The last time they met, Usman’s performance didn’t justify his fighting prowess, Masvidal even had the excuse of facing him inside a week’s notice.

This time, though, there can be no excuses. There was enough time for Masvidal to prepare, but the Nigerian proved to be too much for him. He has now defeated every fighter thrown at him, whether it’s Colby Covington, Masvidal, Gilbert Burns, or any other top fighter.

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With each fight, he’s getting even better. In the press conference, he confidently said he wants to see some spark from the fellow fighters to push him. He now wants to be known as the best P4P fighter in the business.

Certainly, the Nigerian native is one of the best ever to grace the octagon. It will take a Herculean effort for anyone to dominate him in a fight, let alone win the fight. Can anyone rise up to put down the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ someday?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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