Kamaru Usman is convinced that Jorge Masvidal owes him one big "thank you" for the opportunity he gave him. The current UFC welterweight champion could have chosen between several options, but ultimately decided to have the popular ‘Gamebred’ again for his next challenger.
As he says, he withdrew the move because he refused to listen to Masvidal's excuses for defeat in a fight he accepted in July just six days before the UFC 251. Usman then celebrated with a convincing referee decision, after which he defended the title in the fight against Gilbert Burns, while Jorge waited patiently all the time and finally welcomed a new opportunity.
"I'd expect some gratitude. Let's be realistic, you got a chance to make a lot of money and take care of your family. It just shows you the difference between me and some fighters." "I guess he says some things just to sell the fight.
Here, earlier I was told during the day that he called me a coward, and those are pretty hard words when you know that I gave you two opportunities and that you made the most money in your career on them." "You have fought for the title twice in a row and you call me a coward ...
I know about you, but it seems like a ridiculous comment to me, ”Usman said in an interview with the MMA Junkie portal.
Despite exchanging harsh words during his career, Kamaru found some praise for his rival.
"He's a good fighter, he really is. And I've always shown him respect." "As an athlete, yes, I think he's a good fighter, but I also think I'm great. Compared to good fighters, I'd say I'm elite.
At the end of the day, we'll have a chance to show it when we get into the Octagon. " Usman and Masvidal will settle this weekend in the main fight of UFC 261 (Jacksonville, Florida). Usman will now have an additional motive to win against Masvidal and thus show that he really deserved the belt.
Masvidal is now trying various techniques and "trash-talk" to influence Usman, but Usman is an experienced fighter accustomed to such things, and it will certainly not affect him or his struggle. Certainly they are both great fighters and we will see how they manage in the ring. This time, Masvidal will try to win in another way and to the long-awaited belt that has been waiting for a long time.