Kamaru Usman v Jorge Masvidal UFC 261 Predictions & Tips

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Usman v Masvidal

Kamaru Usman will put his UFC welterweight championship on the line when he takes on Jorge Masvidal for the second time. Will Usman retain his title, or will Masvidal gain his revenge?

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Kamaru Usman v Jorge Masvidal Predictions & Tips

Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal have already squared off before, with Usman defending his welterweight belt with a unanimous points decision last July.

It has to be mentioned that Masvidal was a late replacement for Gilbert Burns for their first fight, and although he took the champion the distance, the lack of preparation could have hindered the ‘BMF’ and he will be eager to go one better this time.

Unfortunately for Masvidal, I don’t think having a full camp will change the outcome of this fight. I don’t like suggesting that any fighter is unbeatable, but Usman is very close to being that.

The Nigerian Nightmare has only tasted defeat once in his professional career – a submission loss against Jose Caceres at CFA 11. Since signing with the UFC, Usman has won 13 straight and I am backing him to make it 14.

Last time, Usman had done his homework on Masvidal. He controlled the contest from the off and prevented Masvidal getting in striking range, Masvidal will need to come up with a plan to get on the inside and somehow stop the champion.

I am backing Usman to once again win this one by decision. Masvidal will need to knock Usman out to get the win, if this goes the distance it means that Usman has controlled the fight. So, I am backing the champion to retain his title in his fifth defence.

Road To Kamaru Usman v Jorge Masvidal

As already mentioned, these two have already met in the Octagon, but the preparation for both fighters will be a lot different since they last locked horns in July 2020.

Kamaru Usman was originally supposed to fight Gilbert Burns on July 12, 2020 but illness meant that Burns had to step aside and Masvidal put his hand up to fight the champion with just over a week’s notice.

This meant that Masvidal failed to have a full training camp and was probably not ready to take on someone like Usman with so little preparation time, but he didn’t embarrass himself as he took Usman all the way with the Nigerian Nightmare winning by unanimous decision.

Since the first fight, Usman finally got his hands on Burns and stopped him 34 seconds into the third round to defend his UFC welterweight title belt for the third time.

Masvidal, who has a professional fighting record of 35 wins from 49 bouts, has not fought since losing to Usman, so he will have had plenty of time to come up with a fight plan to beat Usman. Whether that will happen, I am not convinced.

I don’t want it to look like I am bagging Masvidal, he is one quality fighter, but I just think Usman is in a league above all his competitors. This will be an all-out brawl and it will go the full distance. And at the end of it, don’t be surprised if we are all calling for them to fight one more time.

Kamaru Usman v Jorge Masvidal: Fighter’s Predictions

Kamaru Usman: “I want to put the nail in that coffin once and for all. There’s two things — One, either he truly believes it which I have to take very, very, very seriously … or he’s just too stupid to understand what’s happening right now. So, I got to believe that it’s the first one and I got to take him at his word. Now it’s time to come back to reality. It’s 2021. The ship has sailed my man.”