‘There Will Be Blood and Violence’- Jorge Masvidal Warns Kamaru Usman Ahead of UFC 261

Published 04/16/2021, 9:07 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Jorge Masvidal battles 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)


UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal spoke out via UFC.com and ensured fans that he’s ready for the test that’s on hand. ‘Gamebred’ finally has an opportunity to make things right as he laces up the gloves against Kamaru Usman once more. Both men met back in July at UFC 251, where Usman pulled off the unanimous decision victory.

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The first fight took place under rather trying circumstances, as Gilbert Burns was supposed to be Usman’s original opponent. However, just 6 days out from the fight, ‘Durinho’ was pulled after testing positive for COVID-19. Jorge Masvidal, being the perennial opportunist he is, stepped in on short notice in place of Burns.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 10: (L-R) Opponents Kamaru Usman of Nigeria and Jorge Masvidal face off during the UFC 251 official weigh-in inside Flash Forum at UFC Fight Island on July 10, 2020 on Yas Island Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The fight played out much as one would expect as Kamaru Usman utilized various clinch techniques and even foot stomps to smother Masvidal. 305’s favorite son put forth a good showing, however, he couldn’t keep up with ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’. Fans are excited to see whether ‘Gamebred’ can bring his chaotic and punishing style to the rematch.

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UFC 261: Usman vs Masvidal- Will things play out differently?

Masvidal let it be known that Kamaru Usman is in for a complete version of ‘Gamebred’ under the bright lights. Jorge Masvidal believes that Kamaru Usman’s striking game leaves plenty to be desired in terms of being refined. What’s more, Masvidal will be competing in his 50 professional fight and has virtually seen it all.

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)

“The sacrifice will be much less because I come to this fight with a good camp; I won’t have to cut 20 pounds in 6 days like UFC 251. His striking is very low-key and taking me against the fence isn’t going to work for him either. There will be blood and violence. “

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Kamaru Usman predicted that the narrative going into the contest would heavily rely on Masvidal taking the fight on 6 days. With a full training camp, both men will have an opportunity to put a definitive end to their rivalry. There is a lot more than just bragging rights for the winner as their distaste for each other runs deep.

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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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