‘This Time I’ll Put Him to Sleep’- Kamaru Usman Not Holding Back Against Jorge Masvidal

Published 02/15/2021, 12:02 AM EST
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)


Fresh off of his win against Gilbert Burns at UFC 258, UFC welterweight, Kamaru Usman, sat down with ESPN MMA for an interview. Usman finished Burns in the third round via knockout to extend his incredible winning streak to 13.

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He broke the record of the highest welterweight wins in a row, which was held by UFC great Georges St. Pierre. GSP had 12 wins in a row, and Megan Olivi brought Usman’s attention to this.

I know they said it before the fight, but I don’t pay attention to this, you know. When you start looking at certain things and paying attention to stats and things like that, that’s when something can go wrong in here,” Usman said.

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Usman also talked about his coach’s philosophy and how he tries to live in the present. He mentioned that it is hard, but also added that if you do it, then all the records, results, and accolades would pile up over time.

Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal: The Rematch

Megan Olivi also asked “The Nigerian Nightmare” why he called out Masvidal again. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ said that Jorge had a built-in excuse. He also said that when Masvidal fights him after a fight camp, he won’t have any excuses left.

I’ll give you a whole training camp. Let’s see what you do with a whole training camp, and this time, I’ll put him to sleep,” Usman added.

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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 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)

The first fight was a dominant display by Usman after he demolished Masvidal over the course of five rounds. He got the win via unanimous decision. If ‘Gamebred’ agrees to the fight, the fans are in store for one of the biggest UFC welterweight rematches in a long time. Usman is in the form of his life, and Masvidal has a point to prove.

Maybe this will all move over to a possible “The Ultimate Fighter” season. If it does, who do you have for the win?

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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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