Nigerian Kamaru Usman Retains Position As UFC Welterweight Champion After Knocking Out MasvidalNkafu 237 | 25.04.2021 | 0 | Sports , Trending , World
Nigerian-born Kamaru Usman has emerged as UFC Welterweight champion for the second time after knocking out American mixed martial artist Jorge Masvidal. Nigerian Kamaru Usman Retains Position As UFC Welterweight Champion After Knocking Out Masvidal
After a first half dominated by Usman, he went on to defeat Masvidal with a crushing right hand and following up on the ground for a knockout victory at just 1 minute, 2 seconds of the second round in the main event of UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday night.
His victory has caused celebrations in his home country, Nigeria, and across the entire African continent as his supporters and sports lovers who were rooting for him have taken to different social media platforms to congratulate the record-setter for making Africa proud. Usman also enjoyed the support of his Cameroonian martial art colleague, friend, and current World Heavy Weight Champion Francis Ngannou who was by his side the whole time.
Usman had these few words to says after the fight:
“You said you wanted violence, you’re welcome! I know with my fundamentals I am the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet right now.
“No disrespect, thank you to my man Jorge. You elevated me. He made me go to the workshop and I had to sharpen all my tools to put on a performance like that.
“I told everybody I’m still getting better. The sky’s the limit for me for as long as I’m doing this.”
For Masvidal though who lost at his home state, Florida, it was quite a disappointing experience.
“First time in my career in front of my people, my family, my friends — it hurts. I have never been knocked out before in 50 pro fights.
“Usman showed me something that he didn’t show the first fight, I didn’t feel his power. That’s what happens when you get overconfident,” Masvidal said post-fight.
Usman’s victory last night was his 18th win in a row, 14 of them from the UFC. He has thus remained unbeaten for 8 years and in 4 welterweight title defenses. He now holds the record for the second-longest winning streak in UFC history after Anderson Silva. Nigerian Kamaru Usman Retains Position As UFC Welterweight Champion After Knocking Out Masvidal