UFC targeting Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal – Timeline revealed
Sometimes a little bit of feuding can go a long way to get tings done. It now seems that the UFC wants to book a welterweight title bout between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal, after the altercation between them at the Super Bowl. UFC president Dana White revealed the news on the Friday edition of the Jim Rome Show. Apparently the altercation between Usman and Masvidal was what prompted White to reveal their fight plans.
“That was the plan, and whatever happened with them (Wednesday) – we hadn’t announced it yet, but now this has forced me to announce it,” White said.
The UFC are as of now targeting Usman vs Masvidal for UFC 252, T Mobile Arena, July 11th, which will take place during international fight week. The two have been at each others throats as of late, firing shots at each other for several weeks. White has noticed Masvidal’s exponential rise in popularity, which has also played a big deciding part.
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“People love (Masvidal),” White said. “He’s authentic, he’s real, he’s hardcore. The stuff that went down with Usman, the stuff that went down with (Leon) Edwards – that’s the kind of guy he is. That’s how him and (Nate) Diaz ended up fighting for the ‘BMF’ belt. He’s legit, he’s real, and people feel it, and people like it.”
Usman defeated Tyron Woodley via a lop-sided unanimous decision to win the welterweight title. He then battled it out with rival Colby Covington, winning via fifth round TKO. He now has eleven straight wins in the UFC, including wins over Rafael dos Anjos and Demian Maia. Masvidal knocked out Darren Till to kick off 2019, then he viciously finished Ben Askren in the fastest knockout in the history of the UFC at just five seconds. He then faced Nate Diaz at UFC 244 in a battle for the official BMF title in the UFC. Masvidal won the exciting fight via third round TKO.