Prominent MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz has said that it is absurd that Jorge Masvidal has called his client Kamaru Usman a coward.
UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman will be defending his title against former challenger Jorge Masvidal in a rematch at UFC 261 on April 24 with a full capacity crowd at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
The main event of UFC 261 is a rematch from the UFC 251 fight that took place last year in Abu Dhabi. In that fight, Kamaru Usman was able to defeat Jorge Masvidal via a unanimous decision. However, Masvidal has been gunning for a rematch ever since as he took the fight on six days notice as the opponent initially scheduled to fight Usman i.e Gilbert Burns tested positive for Covid-19.
Kamaru Usman is not a coward, says Ali Abdelaziz
Ali Abdelaziz said that Jorge Masvidal says unrealistic things to promote the fight as the first fight between the pair sold around 1.3 Million PPV buys and it was one of the highest in promotion’s history.
“I listened to some interviews, and Masvidal called him a coward,” Abdelaziz told MMA Junkie. “I don’t think any of these guys are cowards. I don’t think Masvidal is a coward, I don’t think Usman is a coward, none of these guys are cowards. How are you gonna call a guy a coward who gave you an opportunity on six days’ notice and now giving you a second opportunity? If he’s a coward, he should run away from you, right? But realistically, people say things to promote fights. It is what it is, but Kamaru is the furthest thing from being a coward. He’s a real man.”
“Colby (Covington), he talked all that sh*t. You see what happened to him,” Abdelaziz said. “Even Masvidal, he got dominated 50-44. It’s the reason why we put you in there. Dan Lambert knows. I talked to Dan Lambert, and he knows Kamaru Usman chose (Masvidal). You know why? He’s a guy who brings in eyeballs. He did a great job creating a good hype.
“But listen, he’s 3-3 in his last six. Kamaru Usman is 17-0 in his last 17 fights, 13-0 in the UFC. You cannot call this man a coward. You have to thank him because he’s gonna get paid fighting Kamaru. Losing to Kamaru is great. He’s the champ; he’s supposed to beat you. But losing to Colby or Leon Edwards, you lose street credit.” (H/T – MMAJunkie.com)
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