Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Manager Says Kamaru Usman Was Not Satisfied With the Way Jorge Masvidal Was Whipped

Published 03/16/2021, 3:38 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria celebrates after his victory over 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)


UFC President Dana White recently took to Twitter to announce the booking of Jorge Masvidal vs Kamaru Usman at UFC 261.

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The bout will be a rematch between the duo. Also, the event will have fans in the stands for the first time for a UFC card in over a year in the United States. The pay-per-view will take place in Jacksonville, Florida, and 15,000 fans are expected to be in attendance.

This fight offers Jorge Masvidal a shot at redemption and another crack at the welterweight gold. ‘Gamebred’ hasn’t competed since his UFC 251 loss to Usman. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ defeated Gilbert Burns at UFC 258 to make his third successful defense.

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Usman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz reacted to the news on social media. The Dominance MMA manager lauded the greatness of the champion, Usman, and credited Dana White for booking the fight.

February 15th I had the privilege of watching the king and king maker @USMAN84kg and  @danawhite sit and talk. Kamaru wasn’t satisfied with the way he whipped that guy and wanted to rectify it. He asked and Dana granted this is who made this happen,” wrote Abdelaziz on Twitter.

Everyone else was just an extra in the movie. And now April 24th the champ will be back just after 2 months,” He further added. Usman is making a quick turnaround since his fight with Burns. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ will look to defend his title for the fourth in his rematch against Masvidal.

Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal 2: What’s changed?

Masvidal stepped up on 6 days’ notice at UFC 251 to save the main event of the first pay-per-view in UFC Fight Island. ‘Gamebred‘ had to travel across the world, cut weight, and fight a savage like Usman, all in under a week. Still, he managed to go the distance with his opponent.

So, one might argue he deserved another shot for his heroics. With a full camp, he will be better prepared and his conditioning can be expected to be much better.

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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)

However, Usman will be better prepared too, as his sole focus will be to prepare for Masvidal this term. He was preparing to fight Gilbert Burns ahead of UFC 251. So, both fighters will have their advantages. It remains to be seen who uses it better.

What did you make of Ali Abdelaziz’s tweet? Let us know your thoughts.

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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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