UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is coming off of a third-round TKO win over former teammate Gilbert Burns in the main event of UFC 258.
it was his third title defense and now the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ has his eyes set on former UFC title challenger and his arch-rival Jorge Masvidal. The pair previously fought at UFC 251 last July at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
In that fight, Jorge Masvidal was outboxed and out grappled by Kamaru Usman and he lost the fight via unanimous decision. However, a lot was said about that match-up as Jorge Masvidal took the fight on six-days notice as Gilbert Burns who was originally scheduled to fight Usman had to pull out of the fight because of Covid-19.
Kamaru Usman is frustrated with Jorge Masvidal
While speaking to MMAJunkie, Kamaru Usman revealed that he was frustrated with how things turned out after the Jorge Masvidal fight as he wasn’t given enough credit because ‘Gamebred’ took the fight on short notice.
“I am 4-0 now in title fights, and three of those – I mean, all four, to be honest – I’ve completely dominated, completely. But one of those four, there’s an excuse,” Kamaru Usman told MMA Junkie. “There’s a, ‘Oh, this is why. This is why. This is why.’ Let’s be honest: The hardcore MMA fans and you and I know that 10 times out of 10, on my worst day, that’s what happens. That’s the result that you’re going to get. But this guy truly, for some reason, believes – I don’t know whether he’s sniffing his own Kool-Aid too much, or I don’t know what he’s doing down there wherever he’s hiding at – that he truly for some reason, he believes that he has a shot, that he can beat me. And what even kind of ticked me off, what brought this on, was after the fight, he’s doing his little media talk. I think it might have been his post-fight, and I was walking by. They were taking me into medical, and I’m walking by the room, and it just so happens that at the same time, I guess the question was asked to him, and I hear him saying, ‘With more preparation, I believe I have what it takes to beat that man.’ That is not words that I ever want to hear out of an opponent of mine. Never.
“That is why – like, a lot of people, I know they might be mad and say, ‘Oh, you went to the decision, you went to the decision.’ But guess what? Every one of those guys I went to the decision with, I guarantee you they don’t want to fight me again. There’s a reason, because I want to break them internally. I want to break their soul. I want to take something away from them to that when my name comes up again, they’re just like, ‘F*ck, no. I don’t want to fight that guy again.’ So when I was walking by and I heard him say that, it pissed me off to the point where I’m just like, ‘What? How dare you?’ How dare you?’ That was not even my greatest performance. Had I went out there and the circumstances been different and I performed the way that I’m capable of performing, you wouldn’t have lasted three rounds. I would have finished you. I would have gotten him out of there. So by him not recognizing that, it just pissed me off so much to where it put a bigger chip in my shoulder.” Kamaru Usman concluded.