Francis Ngannou Says Kamaru Usman Has Made a Promise to Knock Jorge Masvidal Out at UFC 261

Published 04/19/2021, 11:54 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon is interviewed by Megan Olivi after his victory over Jairzinho Rozenstruik during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)


UFC is known for its fighters and the animosity that they share. Selling fights becomes a lot easier when the fighters genuinely hate each other.

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However, when fighters leave their differences aside and come together to support each other, it’s a breath of fresh air. Take a look at the trio of Israel Adesanya, Kamaru Usman, and Francis Ngannou.

The three African fighters are the champions in three different weight classes of the UFC. However, there is no hatred or jealousy between them, and they treat each other like brothers. Whenever one is fighting, the other two watch and support him.

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This time around, it’ll be Kamaru Usman’s turn as he is defending his welterweight title for the 4th time. Ngannou went on Instagram to record a live video and talked about this fight. He said that he would be there and revealed some predictions from Usman himself.

I think that fight will be (a) candidate for the fight of the year. Masvidal coming out with a full training camp, doesn’t have anything to say now,” he said. Ngannou was referring to the fact that Masvidal has no excuses for losing this time around.

He also revealed the fact that Usman was really upset about the first fight and promised to knock Masvidal out this time around. “Kamaru, which is upset about the first one, he even promised us a knockout which should be good. I’m excited for the fight, but most importantly, for my brother,” Ngannou concluded.

Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal 1: The first of many?

Usman fought against Masvidal in the main event of UFC 251 for his second title defense. Masvidal had taken the fight on short notice after Usman’s original opponent Gilbert Burns pulled out. However, the fight was pretty one-sided as Usman took control of the match and never let his foot off the gas.

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

He dominated Masvidal in the clinch and used his wrestling skills to control all 5 rounds, and the judges scored the contest  50-45, 50-45, and 49-46 in favor of the Nigerian Nightmare.

Masvidal took refuge behind the fact that he took the fight on short notice but now, he’ll have to face the champion again with a full training camp. Can he vindicate himself this time around?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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