Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal come face to face ahead of rematch

Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal come face to face ahead of UFC 261 clash as fan-favourite says he has the formula to dethrone the long-reigning welterweight king, promising ‘violence’ for the returning UFC fans

  • Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman came face-to-face ahead of UFC 261 
  • The welterweight rivals are fighting for a second time after their UFC 251 clash 
  • Usman, won comfortably but Masvidal says he now has the blueprint for victory 
  • Masvidal has promised ‘violence’ for the returning UFC fans in Jacksonville 

Jorge Masvidal says he has the formula to dethrone Kamaru Usman as the welterweight rivals came face to face ahead of their highly-anticipated rematch at UFC 261.

Masvidal, 36, was unable to defeat reigning champion Usman, 33, when the pair met on Fight Island last year, with Gamebred only having six days’ notice to prepare for the 170-pound king.

However, the Miami-based knockout artist believes that, with a full camp behind him and having spent a full five rounds in the octagon with Usman, he is well-placed to end his 13-fight winning streak and win gold in front of returning fans in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday night.

Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal came face-to-face ahead of their UFC 261 showdown

‘I do my math on everybody,’ he said on Thursday. ‘Being in there for 25 minutes it makes me know that my math is a lot more sharper. 

‘One thing is thinking in your head and one thing is feeling the strength level, the endurance, his rhythm, how he moves, how he is thinking, how he reacts to certain situations. 

‘So I take that blueprint and bring it into my next fight, execute my maths.’

The welterweight rivals last met at UFC 251 with Usman seeing out a comfortable victory

The pair engaged in a verbal exchange after Masvidal vowed to deliver ‘violence’ for the 15,000 spectators in his home state of Florida, before Usman reminded his rival that the fans cannot fight for him.

‘These guys want violence and let me tell you they don’t cheer for me because I look so good, I come in here to perform and bring them and bring the violence that they crave. That is the reason I have these fans here for me,’ Masvidal said.

‘Alright let’s just be honest here. You have got 14 losses in your career. Seven in the UFC. You are 3-3 in your last six. You are sitting there today because I chose you. I am coming around the track and you are the first guy I am about to lap,’ Usman hit back.

However, Masvidal says he has the blueprint to finally dethrone the long-reigning champion

Gamebred was unable to fend off Usman’s incredible wrestling and grappling on Fight Island

Masvidal then taunted the champion, revealing that he has found the solution to stop his ‘foot rubbing’ – a reference to the world-class wrestling that stifled him in the first fight – and that Usman ‘will be in for a long one’.

Although the welterweight champion completely controlled Masvidal in the first fight, he was left dissatisfied with the manner of his victory, and is determined to break Gamebred’s will come fight night.

‘It is not about getting the finish, I didn’t feel like I satisfied my athletic career. I didn’t feel like I broke his will. On Saturday night once I break his will I will be satisfied.’   

Usman is aiming to eclipse Georges St-Pierre’s tally of 13 consecutive UFC wins on Saturday night, while Masvidal said he would give the champion a rematch should he emerge victorious. 

Usman, however, has vowed to ‘break’ Masvidal’s spirit in his home state of Florida

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