Nigerian Kamaru Usman defeats Jorge Masvidal to retain UFC Welterweight title

Kamaru Usman
Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman has successfully retained his welterweight championship by defeating Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251.

Despite having a change of opponent very last minute, the Nigerian got the job done and left Fight Island with his belt still wrapped firmly round his waist.

The main event in Abu Dhabi was supposed to be Usman vs Gilbert Burns, but after he and his coach tested positive for coronavirus, they had to withdraw from fight night.

With president Dana White refusing to let that ruin the event, he went in search of a replacement, and in stepped Masvidal.

Despite such short notice and despite having to lose 20 pounds in a week, the American agreed to the fight.

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However, it was all too much for him come fight night, as Usman got the job done and retained his belt.

The victory for the champion leaves him with a professional record of 17 wins and just the one defeat, whilst Masvidal now has a record of 35 wins and 14 defeats.

Dancing and singing his way to the Octagon, it was clear that the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ was in confident mood, and that showed inside the cage as well.

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