“How’s He the Number One Contender?”- Kamaru Usman Calls Out Jorge Masvidal

Published 03/10/2020, 7:22 AM CDT

The UFC Welterweight Champion, Kamaru Usman recently spoke to the press regarding his future fixtures. Just like almost every other top five in the company, Kamaru, too, has many choices on his plate.


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The Nigerian Nightmare last fought Colby Covington at UFC 245, where he successfully defended his against The Chaos. His victory absolutely decapacitated all the insults that Colby had thrown at him before the fight.

Dec 14, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; (Editor’s Note: Graphic Content) Kamaru Usman (red gloves) reacts as referee Marc Goddard stops his bout against Colby Covington (blue gloves) during UFC 245 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking of altercations, Kamaru was recently part of a heated stand-off with Jorge Masvidal at Super Bowl Radio, where the two hurled “creative adjectives” and threats at each other.


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While speculations regarding a matchup between the two were already doing the rounds, the incident at Super Bowl cemented the contract for a fight between the two.

Reiterating his stance on fighting Jorge, Kamaru recently stated to the press,

“Of course I want to fight Masvidal. There’s a lot of hype on him. I want to get paid, too.

The hype surrounding Jorge Masvidal is truly as real as it can get. Ever since he kneed Ben Askeren down within five seconds of the first round, Jorge Masvidal has been big in the media’s spotlight. He won the Fight of The Year by many media outlets, and also set the new UFC record for the fastest knockout.

Apparently, that is the only reason why Kamaru believes that Jorge actually deserves this fight. According to him, if it weren’t for the hype, Jorge would not be in a position to fight with the champion.

Kamaru Usman will fight Jorge Masvidal even though he doesn’t “deserve” it

Carrying on with his views regarding a fight with Jorge, Kamaru said,

“How is he the number 1 contender? Because of the hype? Exactly. You can’t tell me he’s beaten the top guys in the top five to prove he’s the number 1 contender.”

Yet, these claims are not really believable if we consider the heads that Masvidal has on his mantel.

In his most recent fights, Masvidal bested some of the most acclaimed fighters in his division. He returned to the UFC in 2019 after a 16-month layoff and has beaten the best at the game since.

He made his return by knocking out Darren Till. Thereafter, he beat Ben Askren in 5 seconds and went on to beat Nate Diaz to be crowned the Baddest Motherf***er. He won Performance of the Night for all three fights and is currently ranked #3 in the Welterweight division.

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Thus, it would be fair to say that Jorge is one of the most deserving fighters for the “No. 1 Contender” designation.

Also, Dana White went on record to say that a fixture between Kamaru and Masvidal seems almost pertinent for the International Fight Week, providing immense credibility to the possibility of the matchup.


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Do you think Kamaru Usman will be able to defend his title against “Gamebred” Masvidal?




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