Jorge Masvidal stepped in on only one week notice the first time he challenged champion, Kamaru Usman, for the title. The fight didn’t go his way and now Masvidal has been asking for a rematch. Usman is currently set to face Gilbert Burns for his third title defense on Feb. 13. Even though he already has a fight lined up he can’t help but think about a possible rematch with Masvidal down the line.
“I was unhappy because as much as I put into preparing for fights, I basically was just on autopilot that fight,” Usman said to ESPN. “A lot of things played a factor in that fight. I’m way better than that. I have way more tools and skills to display than what I showed because out there, I beat him with stuff I’ve been doing for five years.”
Usman explained that he had come into the fight with Masvidal having suffered a broken nose just weeks prior. This is part of the reason he would like to run it back again, at full health.
“Two weeks before, shattered. A lot of people haven’t dealt with a broken nose. When anything comes close to your face, you’re trying to defend and not get that nose hit,” Usman said. “There are a couple of guys here who hit pretty hard. We can blame that one on Carrington Banks and Justin Gaethje.”
Masvidal took to Twitter to respond to these allegations that Usman was not at 100 percent in their fight.
Showed up with a nose. Left with a broken nose. I get at least 3 weeks I take his head and the belt https://t.co/lNJZqmFTkx
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) February 2, 2021
Jorge Masvidal has called for this rematch to happen this spring, April to be exact. He would like to have fans in attendance and the fight to take place in Florida, a tall order with the state of the United States at this time. The only two places UFC fights have taken place over the last year and plan to in Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi.