Nigeria’s Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) world welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman has been hit with a bold challenge for a rematch by his last victim, as Jorge Masvidal wants to get another chance at jostling for the prestigious belt, megasportsarena.com gathered.
Although Masvidal could not put up much of a resistance in his recent UFC 251 loss to Usman, he blamed it on the fact that he was a late entry for the bout on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and declared that he is ready for a rematch.
Despite being outmatched by ‘The Nigerian Nightmare,’ Masvidal is still highly rated by UFC and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) connoisseurs, and he now wants to stake his reputation all the way in calling for another shot at the champ
Masvidal lost in a five-round decision to Usman, who maintained control of the entire fight by repeatedly clinching his challenger against the cage, while scoring numerous takedowns for his 12th straight win; but the loser called for another shot at his conqueror with a bold declaration of his intent during an interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.
He pointed out that he actually took the fight on short notice, filling in for Gilbert Burns, who had to pull out six days before the fight after testing positive for COVID-19, and Masvidal is now banking on his reputation to help him get his wish for a rematch, especially as observers were unanimous that Usman did not get an exciting victory.
Although a technical report concluded that it was a decisive win delivered by one of the sport’s most dominant champions, a growing school of thought insists it can be argued that Masvidal deserves another shot with a full training camp behind him; as he seeks to rediscover himself after UFC 251, which drew 1.3 million pay-per-views as one of the promotion’s most-watched events ever and lots of financial incentives for the championship’s president, Dana White.
White, who was truly pleased with the outcome, said: “Masvidal is a massive star. Obviously, Usman, the champion and a guy that we’re all starting to realize is tough to beat and a great card underneath. It all came together perfectly. It was a major success. Everybody’s healthy. It’s all good. Literally not one negative thing that I could point out.”
The UFC boss’ declaration has now lent credence to the possibility of Masvidal getting another shot at Usman’s belt, despite looking outmatched the first time out, and the challenger admits a second chance is what he craves most, even above a massive payday that could come his way with a potential bout against MMA icon, Conor McGregor.
Masvidal concluded: “I want that damn belt, and I’m stubborn. And I know I’m better than Usman, and I want to prove it. I want to fight again. You can tell me that McGregor right now would make X, Y, Z dollars, the biggest pay-per-view you get in history.
“I’m going to get paid forever. I feel I’m getting compensated well enough now that if I keep making the right decisions I’ve been doing, this money is forever money. So, it’s not about money.”