Jorge Masvidal (Picture by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC by means of Getty Images)
Watch the first promo for Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251.
The welterweight championship main event for UFC 251 may not be the one that was originally planned heading into 4th of July weekend, but its replacement main event — a highly-anticipated bout between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal — might even be a more hyped fight for fans.
Usman and Masvidal were, in fact, rumored to be on a collision course anyways heading into 2020 until Masvidal had a public dispute with the MMA promotion. The UFC must have been prepared, as while Usman and Masvidal still have to await COVID test results as of press time, UFC president Dana White has already dropped a video promo detailing the bout and Usman and Masvidal’s history.
Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal first promo for UFC 251
In the promo, both Usman and Masvidal discuss their dislike for another one, with each man looking to put a violent end on either Usman’s title reign, in Masvidal’s case, or Masvidal’s hot streak and meteoric rise, in Usman’s case.
The video likewise information both men’s successes. Masvidal is kept in mind to have actually been not able to different himself from the pack up until a “resurrection” in 2019 that saw him knock out Darren Till and Ben Askren, the latter setting the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history, prior to ending up Nate Diaz at UFC 244 to win the BMFbelt Usman, on the other hand, is unbeaten inside the Octagon and won the welterweight title from Tyron Woodley at UFC 235 and effectively kept it with a 5th-round finish of Colby Covington at UFC 245.
Usman vs. Masvidal was reported to be most likely for today extremely early on in this year prior to Masvidal signed up with a number of fighters in a demonstration versus the UFC’s fighter pay, even at one point requesting for his release.
Usman vs. Gilbert Burns was to occur as the UFC 251 headliner up until the latter evaluated favorable for coronavirus. The co-main event of Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway II was then most likely to be gone up to the main event up until Masvidal shook things up by effectively working out with the UFC and accepting the battle and consenting to go through battle week procedures on simply one week’s notification.
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