By Mike Bohn |
April 6, 2021 9: 15 pm
Masvidal (35-14 MMA, 12-7 UFC) is made up our minds to narrate Usman (18-1 MMA, 13-0 UFC) for the UFC welterweight title for a 2d time this month within the predominant match rematch on April 24, which takes divulge at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. The principle card airs on pay-per-peek following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.
The principle time Masvidal fought Usman used to be at UFC 251 in July. He modified Gilbert Burns on six days’ watch and on the initiating pointed to an absence of a entire training camp for the loss. This, despite the truth he used to be on the initiating in negotiations to fight Usman on the match sooner than he couldn’t reach phrases with the UFC.
With the sequel like a flash drawing near, Masvidal said he’ll enter the fight solid. He’s been attentive to it for long sufficient to wisely time his weight lower, and after putting his physique through agony final time, he anticipates feeling admire a gorgeous quite a lot of man at UFC 261.
“I’m no longer going to lower 20 pounds of weight now, primarily of water, in six days,” Masvidal said on Tuesday at some point soon of an ESPN+ Q&A hosted by Laura Sanko. “As I stand gorgeous now I’m eight, nine pounds sooner than I hit the tag of 170. So it’s a gorgeous quite a lot of weight lower altogether. That’s going to be the predominant figuring out part I reflect.”
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Masvidal kept his planned tactics for Usman shut to the vest. He had anguish avoiding the clinch work of the champion in a unanimous decision loss at UFC 251 however vows to expose the tables this time and score his hand raised.
That won’t the final of his encounters with Usman, despite the truth that. A trilogy fight is already on Masvidal’s tips since the final thing he desires is for his rival so as to name things even.
“After I deal with shut the rematch, we with out a doubt will shuffle for the trilogy on story of I is no longer going to pass down in historical previous 1-1 with this particular particular person,” Masvidal said. “It’s neatly suited no longer going to happen.”
Masvidal’s upward push to his first UFC title shot came through a “Fight of the Year”-worthy marketing campaign in 2019. It used to be a honest a small hideous upward push to a championship bout after extra than 14 years within the sport, on the opposite hand it didn’t shuffle his manner.
He largely thinks that it’s on story of of the conditions, however this time there are “no excuses.” Masvidal expects to in the end salvage his crowning fulfillment almost about fruition and said it’s going to assassinate him in actuality feel total.
“What’s it going to in actuality feel admire to deal with shut that belt?” Masvidal said. “All the pieces. All the pieces I’ve save into this sport. I’m going to score the shape of sleep I desire at night after I even salvage that belt, so, let’s shuffle. Let’s salvage out.”