‘And New!’- Jorge Masvidal Hypes Up UFC 261 Rematch Against Kamaru Usman

Published 03/16/2021, 12:48 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’s BMF champion Jorge Masvidal is set to end his Octagon hiatus soon as he takes on Kamaru Usman in what would be a rematch between the two at UFC 261 on April 24th. ‘Gamebred’ last fought at UFC 251 against Usman, stepping up on 6 days’ notice. Unfortunately, his first title bid was unsuccessful, but he will have another shot at the gold next month.

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UFC President Dana White announced earlier today on Twitter. Moreover, he also confirmed that the UFC 261 pay-per-view will have fans on the stands.

And with 3 title fights scheduled, we are set to have the most stacked card of the year. Masvidal took to Twitter recently to react to the announcement.

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You’re welcome #andnew,” Masvidal wrote on Twitter. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ expressed his desire to fight Masvidal again after defeating Gilbert Burns at UFC 258.

Given that Masvidal is currently one of the biggest names on the UFC roster, fans are very excited to see the Miami native back in action.

Despite Masvidal not fighting since UFC 251, the company didn’t hesitate to grant him the rematch. ‘Gamebred’ most certainly has the star power to attract fans. Also, with the UFC 261 pay-per-view set to take place in Florida, it’s only fitting that Masvidal headlines the card.

Usman will defend his title for the fourth time in his rematch against Masvidal. Colby Covington and Gilbert Burns have been the other two challengers to Usman’s throne.

The UFC 261 pay-per-view will also see Valentina Shevchenko defend her flyweight title against Jessica Andrade. Weili Zhang will also defend her strawweight title against Rose Namajunas.

Can Jorge Masvidal finally become a UFC champion?

Masvidal traveled across the world, cut weight, and fought for the belt, all in under a week’s notice in his first bid for the title. This time though, he will have a full training camp. That can play a big factor in the fight as ‘Gamebred‘ can be expected to have better conditioning.

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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)

Also, given his knockout pedigree and excellent takedown defense, he is more than capable of giving Usman his toughest fight to date. However, if the champion’s dominance so far is anything to go by, Masvidal needs to be at his very best to finally realize his dream of becoming the undisputed UFC champion.

What did you make of the UFC 261 card and the booking of the welterweight title fight? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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