‘I’m Not Going to Cut 20 Pounds’- Jorge Masvidal Reveals Big Strategy Change for Kamaru Usman Fight

Published 04/07/2021, 2:07 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 16: Jorge Masvidal prepares to fight Darren Till of England in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at The O2 Arena on March 16, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Jorge Masvidal is about to face Kamaru Usman in a rematch for the welterweight title at UFC 261. This is exactly 10 PPVs since their first fight at UFC 251. This will be ‘Gamebred’s second title fight in the UFC, whereas ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ will enter the cage for a championship bout for the fifth time in his career.

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This time around, Masvidal will not have a rushed weight cut as he did at UFC 251 when he took the fight on six days’ notice. The BMF met with Laura Sanko in a Q&A session on ESPN+ where he discussed his weight cut for the upcoming fight.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Jorge Masvidal rests against the cage following his welterweight fight during the UFC 239 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

He said, “I’m not going to cut 20 pounds of weight now, mainly of water, in six days. As I stand right now, I’m eight, nine pounds before I hit the mark of 170. So it’s a different weight cut altogether. That’s going to be the main determining factor I think.”

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Jorge Masvidal eyeing a trilogy fight after his win over Kamaru Usman

‘Gamebred’ is very confident about the rematch, as he has prepared well and is looking to become the new champion. Jorge Masvidal wants to fight Kamaru Usman in a trilogy fight if he wins this rematch. He said, “When I win the rematch, we definitely will go for the trilogy because I will not go down in history 1-1 with this individual. It’s just not going to happen.”

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)

Given that Masvidal had six weeks’ notice and has revealed that he has undergone a better weight cut, fans will expect to see a better version of him in the octagon. The fighter will not have any excuses if he does not claim the belt at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.

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Masvidal will try to pull another rabbit out of his hat just like he did in the Ben Askren fight. He has never been a UFC champion, and this could be the last opportunity for him. ‘Gamebred’ said, “Everything I’ve put into this sport. I’m going to get the type of sleep I want at night when I have that belt, so let’s go. Let’s find out.” (h/t: MMA Junkie)

Is Masvidal going to become the new welterweight champion or will ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ haunt him for the rest of his career?

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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