Nigeria’s Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman is on ‘the mountain top’ ahead of his latest tile fight this Saturday against Jorge Masvidal, megasportsarena.com reports.
It is a rematch of their first tango last summer and, while Masvidal is blowing hot with the venom of revenge, Kamaru’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz says his ward is in the best form of his life.
Abdelaziz went on to declare emphatically that ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ will win again this weekend, because of the determination and good levels of preparation he has put into the impending bout.
Indeed, fight pundits have also noted that Usman dominated all the way the first time he faced Masvidal and silenced his bitter rival on July 12 in Abu Dhabi, by not only winning a unanimous decision but also winning 14 of the cumulative 15 rounds scored by the judges.
Usman has so far lapped the field at welterweight that his best fights are now rematches of fights he’s previously won and, as he prepares to face Masvidal for the second time in nine months on Saturday at VyStar Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, USA, Abdelaziz is thinking only about victory in the main event of UFC 261.
The Nigerian Nightmare, who has won 17 fights in a row and 13 in a row in the UFC, is fighting to take any excuses from Masvidal, who took the first bout at UFC 251 on six days’ notice, and had to cut 20 pounds in five days to make the 170-pound welterweight title limit.
Usman disputes that and said that his rival had been training the entire time, which Masvidal insists was not true and that he only had time to prepare the way he would have been within the short time available to him, which he believes was not enough to give him victory.
So, after finishing Gilbert Burns in the third round in February in the main event of UFC 258, Usman decided it was time to prove his point: He’ll take on Masvidal again to end any arguments.
Abdelaziz told Yahoo Sports: “I look at Kamaru as a marathon runner who has lapped everybody and is now coming around and passing them a second time. Kamaru is on top of the mountain and let’s be honest: There’s no one close to him.
“Masvidal is saying he can do much better, and Kamaru has already beaten everyone in the division who is title-worthy. Masvidal is able to say, ‘Oh, I wasn’t training and I had to cut all of this weight.’
“Though we all know that is [expletive] and he was training. But now there are no excuses: Kamaru is giving him another shot and he’ll prove it once and for all.”