Jorge Masvidal vs Kamaru Usman rematch takes place in the main event of UFC 261. The majority of the fans believe that Usman is going to dominate this fight as he did in the first encounter at UFC 251.
However, when you consider that Jorge Masvidal took that fight on six days’ notice then it won’t be wrong to expect a much different fight at UFC 261. In the first fight, Jorge Masvidal gassed out after round 1. Besides a few flurries of punches, Masvidal could not do much offensively. Also wrestling with Usman was depleting his gas tank as the fight progressed. This time Masvidal will have a better gas tank and he will be lethal with his striking even in the third round. But, the question is can he still beat Kamaru Usman?
UFC analyst, Joe Rogan gave his thoughts on the Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal rematch in the latest episode of the JRE podcast. Rogan believes that Usman can not underestimate Masvidal despite the fact that he won the first fight comfortably. Rogan explained:
“Masvidal was all over him in that first round. More importantly, not in condition, was not prepared for a fight like that. They offered it to him, he took it. He went there six days’ notice. That first round, he looked very good.”
Joe Rogan shuts down the haters of Kamaru Usman
Joe Rogan also fired back at the critics who say Usman’s fights are boring because of his grappling heavy approach. Rogan stated:
“Anybody who says he’s boring is an idiot. You got to be an idiot to think that guy is boring. That’s crazy. He did what he had to do to win the Masvidal fight. But if you consider, he had a broken nose going into the fight and Masvidal is f****g good. He is clever, he is experienced, he is a real vet.”
Kamaru Usman is undoubtedly amongst the top two wrestlers in the welterweight division. Known for his wrestling heavyweight game plan, Usman shocked the world when he showcased his striking prowess in his last fight against Gilbert Burns. Usman finished Burns with his jabs and that shows the improvements Usman had in his striking since he has started training with Trevor Wittman.
But, he is not going to stand and trade punches with Jorge Masvidal. He will likely follow the same game plan that he followed in the first fight. But, this time he will be a lot more confident in his standup.