UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman is not worried about Jorge Masvidal’s power if they end up fighting, he has a game plan for the fight.
The two are expected to fight at International Fight Week where it will be the first time “Gamebred” will be fighting for a UFC title. In the fight, many believe Masvidal is the one with the striking advantage while Usman has the grappling advantage. But, the welterweight champ doesn’t think that is true as he is not worried about Masvidal’s striking.
“Let’s weigh it out right now: me standing with Masvidal or me standing with Tyron Woodley, which one is a little more … yeah, Tyron Woodley more power, Tyron Woodley could touch you and put you out,” Usman said (via MMA Fighting). “I should be worried about Masvidal? He couldn’t knock out Nate Diaz, and I should worry about Masvidal? Come on, man.”
Kamaru Usman also wants everyone to remember that Masvidal is not this unbeaten guy. Instead, he has lost several fights, and the champ knows this fight will go down to the ground and promised to beat “Gamebred” up on the ground until he quits.
“This guy’s fought Demian Maia; what happened? He took an L,” Usman said. “He fought ‘Wonderboy;’ what happened? Took an L. Now it’s crazy to me that he has all this hype, and everyone says he’s this striker, he’s this killer, he’s this, this and that. It doesn’t matter, I’m going to do me. I’m going to put him on his ass, I’m going to beat on him until he wants to quit, and if he stands up, I will knock him out if I need to.
“Everyone’s talking about striking. First of all, you got to stand upright to strike. Don’t think I’m not going to take you down. I’m going to take you down, period. There’s no secret to what’s going to happen. I’m going to take you down and beat on you until you quit.”
The rivalry between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal is just starting to heat up and we should expect more trash-talk in the lead up to their July fight.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime