‘God Didn’t Bless Him With That Manliness’- Jorge Masvidal Disrespects Kamaru Usman’s Hitting Power

Published 04/21/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Jorge Masvidal prepares to fight Kamaru Usman 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)


Jorge Masvidal takes on Kamaru Usman this weekend at UFC 261 as the duo rematches with the undisputed welterweight gold on the line. The champion, Usman, got the better of Masvidal in their previous clash at UFC 251.

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Anticipations are high to see what ‘Gamebred’ can do with a full training camp under his belt as he stepped up on 6 days’ notice last time. Both fighters are aware of their counterpart’s strengths and weaknesses, having already fought once. In the recent UFC 261 Countdown video, Masvidal shared his assessment of ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’.

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I definitely learned things in the first fight that I learned in the rematch. The first thing being, he hits, not hard at all. He’s one of the softest hitters I’ve ever been in front of, period, God didn’t bless him with that manliness where he can hurt another man with his fists. It must suck to live that. The game in both of us, mine is way better, in game, I mean the ability to fight through pain and fatigue. This guy is not a mean person,” said Masvidal. (h/t BJPENN.com)

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

The pay-per-view event will feature two other title fights with the women’s strawweight and flyweight thrones on the line. Also, there will fans back in the arena in Jacksonville, Florida in a UFC event in the US for the first time since lockdown restrictions regarding coronavirus started.

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Gamebred‘ will look to prove that he can indeed beat Usman with a fight camp. However, it’s easier said than done. There’s no doubt he will be better prepared and well-conditioned, but so will Usman as he prepares for Masvidal with a full camp.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Jorge Masvidal prepares to fight Kamaru Usman 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)

The most decisive aspect of this fight will reside on which fighter can impose their will over the other. Masvidal certainly has the pedigree to knockout any individual. And his assessment of ‘The Nigerian Nightmare‘ suggests he is not worried about the offerings coming back from his opponent.

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Who gets it done at UFC 261? Let us know your pick.

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Apratim Banerjee

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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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