‘Jorge Masvidal Thought He Was Jesus’- Kamaru Usman Rubbishes the UFC Welterweight Division

Published 02/11/2021, 5:59 AM EST
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)


UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, spoke to the media ahead of UFC 258 where he will defend his undisputed championship strap. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ will face Gilbert Burns in a bout that promises high-octane action no matter where the fight goes. The two were former teammates and will be familiar with each other’s styles.

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The bout is Usman’s third title defense after capturing the undisputed championship from Tyron Woodley. Since then, wins over some of the biggest names in the modern iteration of the division have come his way. He last competed back in July at UFC 251, where he came up on top against Jorge Masvidal.

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

Having scalped names such as Masvidal and Covington in his previous outings has solidified his status as the reigning king. A dominant display against Gilbert Burns will be yet another feather in his cap.

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Kamaru Usman on running through divisional contenders

The division two wrestler had plenty to say about some of his recent opponents who he scalped wins over. Chiefly, Usman was deliberating the new challenges that lay ahead, and he was confident in his body of work thus far. Moreover, Kamaru Usman is looking for fighters who can offer something intriguing in order to secure a match-up.

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)

“If you look at the top 10 I’ve beaten probably 7 of those guys, it’s like who do we throw at him now who he hasn’t dominated. Some of these guys need to do what they need to do to stand out. Covington did it, he did what he needed to do, he said what he needed to say to stand out, and he had his shot. Of course, Masvidal stepped up… he thought he was Jesus, he thought he was gonna baptize people and he stood out and I dominated him as well.”

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“If these guys continue to talk and say what they need to say, that’s more power to them, but that’s just not something that I engage in. When it comes to talking, I will simply state what I’m capable of and what I will do…I just state the facts, I state what I’m able to do. I don’t have to boast about it or be braggadocious. I’m known what I’m capable of and that’s that I state.”

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Kamaru Usman has certainly done a comprehensive job of going through contenders during his UFC run. He also holds a victory over number Leon Edwards when the two were younger in their UFC careers. However, if he cleans out the division, it’s likely that he remains at welterweight considering he’s close to Israel Adesanya, the middleweight champion.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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