Kamaru Usman defeated Jorge Masvidal by way of unanimous resolution to retain the welterweight title at UFC 251 on Saturday night time.
It wasn’t a really fairly combat. Usman and Masvidal grappled for a majority of the bout. The 2 have been entangled on the perimeters of the octagon whereas every fighter tried to realize the higher hand.
Masvidal appeared to make good strikes within the first two rounds, but it surely was Usman who gained management by the remainder of the bout — together with making a number of key takedowns.
It was Masvidal’s first title problem and his first loss since 2017.
Usman continues a formidable run by the UFC. He’s 12-Zero within the UFC and hasn’t misplaced since 2013 when he was combating within the Championship Preventing Alliance.
The UFC 251 co-main occasion between Usman and Masvidal was concocted solely six days in the past.
Usman and Masvidal have feuded for fairly a while. The 2 practically got here to blows throughout Tremendous Bowl week in Miami earlier this 12 months.
The near-brawl got here after Usman appeared on “The Joe Rogan Experience” and confirmed that he and Masvidal have been going to combat subsequent, it was only a matter of time.
Masvidal was in a position to safe a contract to his liking to combat on brief discover in opposition to Usman.
Gilbert Burns was purported to combat Usman however he contracted coronavirus.
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