‘It’s Not Kamaru Usman’s Fault’- Chael Sonnen on UFC’s Welterweight Division

Published 04/09/2021, 10:34 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 20: MMA fighter Chael Sonnen discusses Bellator MMA at Build Studio on June 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)


Former UFC title challenger turned MMA pundit Chael Sonnen spoke out on his platform and commented on Jorge Masvidal. ‘Gamebred’ is gearing up to face Kamaru Usman for the second time at UFC 261 for the welterweight title. The aforementioned welterweights faced off back in at UFC 251 and Usman came out on top via unanimous decision.

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Jorge Masvidal stepped in to fight ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ on 6 days’ notice in place of Gilbert Burns. Chiefly, this was the overarching narrative going into the contest, and Masvidal believes he didn’t get a fair shake to prepare. However, the opportunity to rematch Usman has knocked on the door and Masvidal is ready to answer.

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Chael Sonnen looks at the future of the Welterweight division

‘The American Gangster’ had plenty of takeaways from Masvidal’s recent ESPN interview leading up to his UFC 261 fight. Jorge Masvidal was fired up when talking about Colby Covington and has earmarked the latter as a future opponent. Sonnen believes that the landscape of the welterweight division is certainly set to change if Masvidal becomes the new champion.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 23: Chael Sonnen interacts with fans and media during the UFC press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“Masvidal was talking about Covington, Masvidal said ‘I’m going to beat Covington so bad it’s going to make what I did to Askren look merciful’. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Masvidal talk about Colby… but it does appear to me that Masvidal is getting ready to go on a title run. Masvidal in his own mind is going to beat Kamaru and then go defend that belt.

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“170 is in a weird place right now, and it’s not Usman’s fault. If Masvidal comes in and gets over on him then Masvidal’s got this new attitude, then 170 might be safe. It might work itself out.”

LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 16: UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal interacts with the media during the UFC 246 Ultimate Media Day at UFC APEX on January 16, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Gamebred’ has injected new dynamic energy into the welterweight division ever since he reached peak levels of stardom. There’s no question that with the Miami native at the helm of the division, things will shakeup in a huge way. However, Usman has laid the foundation for a dominant championship run that seems to be rooted in longevity.

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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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