It’s finally happening. In a video posted on Twitter, UFC President Dana White has confirmed that Kamaru Usman will defend his UFC welterweight championship against Jorge Masvidal in a rematch set to main-event UFC 261.
After months of speculation, it looks like Usman and Masvidal have finally signed on the dotted line to share the Octagon once again. Both the fighters met back at UFC 251 where Kamaru Usman picked up a unanimous decision victory over Masvidal to successfully defend his welterweight gold.
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"Step in here and see me!"
🇳🇬 @Usman84kg wants the one they call 'Street Jesus' #UFC258 pic.twitter.com/7qVROzHd2Q
— UFC (@ufc) February 14, 2021
Despite accepting the fight on short notice, Masvidal was able to put up an incredible performance and while he did lose, fight fans had nothing but respect for the Miami fighter who stepped up to take on the champion. After Gilbert Burns pulled out of his scheduled title bout back at UFC 251, Masvidal replaced the Brazilian fighter. Needless to say, the quick turnaround got everybody excited and the PPV went on to become the second-biggest in the year 2020 just behind UFC 247: Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone.
Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal to main-event UFC 261
Earlier, Kamaru Usman had called out Jorge Masvidal soon after his spectacular win over Gilbert Burns at UFC 258. “We tried to make that fight several times, but he kept backing out. The only reason he took that fight because it was on six days’ notice.”
“Guess what it’s not done. I will give you a whole training pack. I guarantee you, you will sign on the dotted line. This time, I will finish your a**.”
Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal 2 is expected to get the attention of fight fans around the world. The last time around when both these fighters met, the anticipation and excitement were at a whole different level. Ever since dropping the unanimous decision loss to Kamaru Usman back at UFC 251, Masvidal has maintained that had he gotten just three weeks, he would have finished Usman. Needless to say, Kamaru Usman promised the same and vowed to finish Gamebred in the rematch.
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UFC 261 is set to be a banger! Along with the UFC welterweight championship, on the line will be the UFC’s strawweight and flyweight championship. In the co-main event, Weili Zhang will take on Rose Namajunas in her second title defense. Meanwhile, Valentina Shevchenko returns to action to defend her flyweight gold against Jessica Andrade.
Stay tuned for more updates.