Kamaru Usman is leaving no stone unturned in his quest to lastly finish his bitter rivalry with Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261.
The reigning UFC welterweight champion will return to the octagon subsequent month after his medical efficiency towards former teammate Gilbert Burns.
Usman will as soon as once more face Masvidal in a rematch of their encounter at UFC 251, which led to a one-sided domination by ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ on Battle Island final 12 months.
Regardless of not having fought since that lopsided defeat, Masvidal will get his likelihood to as soon as once more prise the 170lbs title from Usman’s grasp on the VyStar Veterans Memorial Area in Jacksonville, Florida in entrance of a full capability crowd of 15,000.
‘Gamebred’ insists the end result would have been totally different had he not flown to the United Arab Emirates on a weeks’ discover and with no full coaching camp, a declare Usman is vehemently against.
And the defending champion is clearly doing all he can show the primary end result was no fluke as he ramps up his coaching regime below new Head Coach Trevor Wittman, with the outcomes clear for all to see.
Usman has now defended his belt thrice since dethroning Tyron Woodley two years in the past and appeared the bets he has ever been in the course of the win over Burns final month.
Regardless of this, American High Staff teammate Woodley believes Masvidal has what it takes to upset the previous champion this time round as a result of his personal aggressive coaching regime.
“I’m going to rule for Masvidal to win, however it is extremely robust. It’s very robust to see who’s going to win that struggle,” he advised ESPN.
“Masvidal is all the time harmful. He’s in such a dope spot in his life, you realize what I imply.
“Issues have actually opened up for him. He’s actually cleared out, however don’t let the hype idiot you, like, he’s all the time coaching. That’s one dude who’s all the time coaching, like, continuous. He simply loves coaching.
“I’m very impressed with him coming from a avenue preventing background and being, you realize, in so many MMA fights, and he nonetheless needs to coach that a lot on a regular basis.”