‘I’m Not Saying Jorge Masvidal Beats Him’- Joe Rogan Says Jorge Masvidal Will Be Better Against Kamaru Usman

Published 03/19/2021, 10:52 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Announcer Joe Rogan reacts during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)


Jorge Masvidal is going to get an instant rematch against Kamaru Usman after losing to the current Welterweight champion in 2020. While Usman has since defended his belt by TKOing Gilbert Burns, Masvidal has chosen not to fight. Despite his lopsided decision loss, the narrative of Masvidal taking the fight on six-day notice has been brought up a lot.

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Now that Masvidal has a full-camp, the fight may go differently. Many disagree, but Joe Rogan doesn’t. He had #3 ranked Welterweight Leon Edwards on his podcast to talk about the booking of the new fight. While Edwards believes it is Usman’s to win, Rogan doesn’t want anyone to count out full-camp Masvidal.

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“You know as well as I know that there’s a difference in training and then preparing for a fight. I’m not saying he (Masvidal) beats him, but what I am saying is that there were very interesting moments in that fight where he was outstriking him. But Kamaru is just do strong.”

Rogan added, “Once a guy beats a guy, he’ll always be the favorite. But it is an interesting fight. I’m very excited to see how Masvidal performs with a camp.”

Jorge Masvidal: Can he beat Kamaru Usman?

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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)

Jorge Masvidal is one of the most experienced fighters in the UFC. However, his actual skill has been questioned his entire career. Even though he did break the glass ceiling to become a superstar, many people still argue that Masvidal is not a championship-level fighter. While Kamaru Usman may be better skilled, Masvidal can never be counted out.

The camp thing did seem like a major crutch that Masvidal used for their first fight. While he genuinely was compromised heading into that fight, many expect the result would have been the same regardless. Now they get to test it out inside the cage at UFC 261.

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Masvidal is always a walking KO threat. However, Usman isn’t a fighter that blindly shoots. He is well-rounded as a striker and clinch fighter, things that Masvidal is aware of. But a training camp is the best way to prepare for a fighter like this, so it’ll be fun to see how Masvidal does this time around.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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