Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal Preview
The UFC 251 features three title fights, but the main event of the night is the battle for the welterweight belt, where champion Kamaru Usman clashes with one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC, Jorge Masvidal. This bout wasn’t planned for this spectacle, though. The first choice was Usman and Gilbert Burns, but the Brazilian revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19, having to back out from the event. That is when Dana White and the organization stepped in, deciding to offer a lucrative deal to Masvidal, who accepted it, even though he has just six days to prepare and puts his reputation at risk.
Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal Odds
Where and When to Watch Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal Preview
Where: Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
When: June 11th, 10 PM ET
How to Watch: ESPN pay per view
Usman Wants to Continue His Reign
The Nigerian Nightmare has 15 straight wins in the UFC, and is arguably one of the most dominant fighters in the organization. Although he doesn’t receive the credit as some other big names, Usman is really terrific inside the octagon, and we need to say that Kamaru is one of the toughest guys out there.
His relentless approach and confidence are something just a few fighters have. Many don’t like the Nigerian because of his trash-talking, but he always backs up every word spoken with strong punches.
Usman defeated Colby Covington in his latest fight, sending the challenger and the interim titleholder to the ground in the fifth round. It was a super-enjoyable contest, which in the end, Usman deserved to win. Prior to that, he took the belt against Tyron Woodley, getting that one in his favor via unanimous decision, beating the champ at the time in all five rounds.
Masvidal’s Big Risk
The Gamebred wanted to get big money. According to some sources, the UFC offered him a very lucrative deal for this fight, and besides that, he got a new multi-fight contract for the future. It is still not known whether that contract includes a rematch against Usman. The logic would suggest that there is, because no one wants to accept a fight six days before the same, risking the reputation, health, etc, without having a guaranteed chance for making all this right in the end.
The American is on a three-match winning streak. All three via finishes. He first defeated Darren Till, then Ben Askren, which is the fastest knockout in the history of the UFC and at last, Nate Diaz, in the match for the unofficial BMF title.
Usman is the favorite, and there is no debate about that. He had the entire training camp, is in better shape, and probably has the whole organization regarding his stay in Ab Dhabi already planned. Meanwhile, Masvidal wasn’t in the full training process, has to cut 22 pounds in six days, and has to prepare for the champion. All that forces us to back up the Nigerian Nightmare in this one, with the odds on his win -250 right now.