The Pro Take: Kamaru Usman Still a Problem for Jorge Masvidal, “And Still” the Champ

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 12: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria celebrates after his victory over Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Some fans may have felt that the UFC 261 main event should have been Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington. Fair enough. Covington bounced back from a loss to Usman with a dominant win; Jorge Masvidal had not fought since their first meeting. But the champ gets what the champ wants, and so we got Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal II on Saturday.

The championship mentality of Kamaru Usman has been “Leave No Doubt,” and to win the first outing against a short-notice Masvidal left the door open for critics to speculate about the what-if question: If Masvidal had a whole fight camp, could he have been the one to dethrone Usman?

Well, Kamaru Usman had the chance to answer those questions at UFC 261 and leave no doubt that it was and will always be his welterweight throne. No matter if his opponent has an entire fight camp or takes a fight with him on short notice.

For Masvidal, his journey through ups and downs in his career has culminated in UFC 261. Jorge gained a ton of respect by stepping in on short notice to save the UFC 251 main event against Usman the first time. That helped earn Gamebred another shot at the welterweight king at UFC 261.

In the end, the second fight ended much differently than the first. But not due to Masvidal having a full camp. Kamaru Usman continues to be the welterweight division’s nightmare, with clearly improved striking. As demonstrated by his second round knockout of Jorge Masvidal. A spectacular ending to UFC 261!


Check out the pros’ reactions to the UFC 261 main event rematch between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal in front of a packed Jacksonville, FL crowd.