Jorge Masvidal has one other likelihood to struggle for Kamaru Usman’s UFC welterweight title tonight.
This time, although, Gamebred has had a full coaching camp behind him having fought at Struggle Island final 12 months on six days discover.
Usman is undefeated within the UFC and has efficiently defended his title thrice – in opposition to Colby Covington, Masvidal and Gilbert Burns.
And Covington definitely is aware of Usman packs a punch.
The duo fought one another at UFC 245 in 2019 – seven months after profitable welterweight gold at Tyron Woodley’s expense and within the build-up, Covington had been his loud, brash self and finally his ego wrote a cheque his physique couldn’t money.
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Regardless of not being famed as a striker, Usman broke his opponent’s jaw within the third spherical earlier than his TKO win within the fifth and remaining spherical. It was a struggle the judges had scored very evenly till that remaining spherical.
Covington later claimed his opponent faked harm to get some relaxation time through the struggle and criticised the stoppage regardless of the state of his jaw.
He instructed BT Sport: “Going into the struggle, I’ve bought to be sensible with who I choose my ref Marc Goddard utterly f***** me, man.
“I kicked him within the liver and he’s about to fold like a garden chair and stop the struggle and be carried out however ‘ohhh my nuts’.
“He faked the nut shot. On the replay it clearly confirmed it was clearly in his liver. His organs have been hurting and he simply wished a five-minute break and that’s what he bought.”
Usman tends to go away opponents feeling harm.
When he defended his belt in opposition to Burns in February, he was so overcome with emotion at his missed title likelihood that he started crying within the octagon.
A former coaching accomplice of Usman, the champion waited patiently earlier than embracing his overwhelmed colleague.
Masvidal, nevertheless, ran him a bit extra carefully and easily warned Usman on the finish: “We’ll run it again. That was me on six days.”