Welterweight Jorge Masvidal says he enjoys to eliminate at UFC 251 at brief notification as champion Kamaru Usman is “nowhere near as excellent as promoted”.
Nigerian-American Usman, 33, is on an 11- battle UFC winning streak and makes his 3rd title defence in Abu Dhabi.
” I do not have faith in him,” said Masvidal. “There’s other people that I would not have taken on 6 days.”
The welterweight title fight headings the first of four events as part of UFC’s Battle Island series from 11 to 25 July.
The programs will be held with no fans on Yas Island, inside a ‘Safe Zone’ which will house over 2,500 fight personnel and island staff members, who have all returned unfavorable tests.
‘ He’s the biggest, baddest man around’
Masvidal suffered back-to-back beats in 2017 but revived his UFC profession in 2019, thrusting himself into world-title contention with 3 explosive wins.
First the veteran knocked out Darren Till in London before taping the fastest knockout in UFC history – five seconds against Ben Askren at UFC 239 – and stopping Nate Diaz in November to become the first holder of the symbolic BMF belt.
” He’s had his ups and downs,” stated Usman. “But at this minute, he’s the biggest, baddest guy and the next in line.
” I know he’ll provide a various challenge, so I’ll treat him appropriately and discipline him in the suitable method. That’s my task, that’s why I’m the champ.”
Masvidal initially turned down the battle due to a pay dispute with UFC president Dana White, who “came back with a far better offer” after Burns needed to withdraw.
” Dana and the UFC have actually done an incredible job,” stated Usman. “It’s extraordinary to see the preventative measures they’ve taken, from bottom to top. I’m grateful to be a part of this and for whatever these people have done.
” I was dissatisfied when Gilbert fell out, but I’m the champ, I need to handle all challengers, and this is the battle that ought to have taken place all along. It’s the fight that people desired.”
Who else is fighting?
Alexander Volkanovski has an immediate rematch with Max Holloway, from Hawaii, who he beat by an unanimous decision in December to take his featherweight title.
The Australian stated: “Some individuals still believe he’s the very best. He’s not – and I get to prove that this weekend. I desire to leave no doubt.”
Both have beaten Jose Aldo in the last three years, since which the veteran Brazilian has dropped to bantamweight.
If the 33- year-old beats Russia’s Petr Yan for the uninhabited world title he’ll become simply the eighth UFC fighter to become a two-weight champion. Aldo likewise thinks it would put him “among the 3 most importantly time”, with Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones.
There’s likewise a rematch between Brazil’s Jessica Andrade and American Rose Namajunas, the 2 women’s strawweight champions prior to Zhang Weili beat Andrade at UFC 237 in Might 2019.
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