Kamaru Usman will have his second title defense against the hottest welterweight in the world currently, Jorge Masvidal!
Can you have a better start to a month as an MMA fan, than waking up to the news that Usman and Masvidal’s match is all but official? The two squared up at a Media day for Super Bowl in Miami just two days ago, with Usman shouting to Jorge to do something!
However, Masvidal quickly responded that his newly-announced opponent is just lucky that he is injured (because we would have gotten the three-piece and a soda 2.0).
“You got a cast on, b*tch, I ain’t going to take advantage of you like that. You got a cast on b*tch! You lucky. That’s the only reason nothing’s happening.”
Even though the BMF of the UFC was heavily rumored he would be Conor’s next opponent, prior to the Cerrone fight, it seemed as there was no interest from Dana White to make that fight happen in current time, rather opting out for a rematch of Conor vs. Khabib and now giving the ‘Street Jesus’ his deserved welterweight title shot.
The news was confirmed last night when Dana was the host of the Jim Rome Show, claiming the card will go down in Las Vegas, potentially at the T-Mobile Arena. As the Allegiant Stadium (the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders) will open at the end in July, it does not seem to be a suitable venue since International Fight Week traditionally takes place around Independence Day Weekend. Dana also stated that if Masvidal were to win the match, his first title defense will likely be in his hometown of Miami!
Kamaru Usman has had an amazing 2019, with capturing the UFC strap in a brutal five-round domination of Tyron Woodley in March and then defending it against the consensus No. 1 contender and former UFC Interim champion, Colby Covington in a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate in December!
His opponent also had a very interesting 2019, being voted as Sherdog’s “Breakthrough Fighter of the Year”! Jorge managed to rack up three impressive wins, over Darren Till in London, then scoring the fastest KO in UFC’s history over the previously undefeated Ben Askren and finally winning the BMF belt against Stockton’s own Nate Diaz! He quickly became a phenomenon and sprung himself into the UFC stardom with his unique style of fighting and being one of the best in the business on the mic.
But will that be enough against Kamaru Usman, the most dominant wrestler in the welterweight division? Who do you prefer going into this match?