UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman will be defending his title against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261. The event will be taking place on April 24 in Jacksonville, Florida in front of a capacity crowd. This will be the first UFC event in 13 months that will be taking place with a capacity audience in attendance.
Some fans and critics were questioning why Masvidal would be getting the title shot next. Kamaru Usman himself recently spoke to TMZ Sports and revealed that he wanted the rematch against Jorge.
‘Let’s be honest, I have a pick, I can do whatever I want to do” Usman said. “I’ve cleared the division off, now it’s time to lap everybody. It’s like we’re running a race and now I’m about to lap everybody. I told Dana, ’˜Hey Dana, give me him.’ He’s a tough guy.”
Kamaru Usman on Jorge Masvidal
“I know he’s a tough guy, it’s risky, it’s dangerous” Kamaru Usman continued. “But guess what? I’m putting a nail in the coffin, once and for all. And that’s how this fight got made. Obviously, my manager does a phenomenal job at being able to facilitate and put together the things that I want to happen, but this fight only happened just because of that (meeting).”
“Me and my manager went and sat with Dana and we said, ’˜hey, that’s what we want.’ And this is where we’re at now,’ Usman stated. ‘You (Masvidal) said you wanted more than six days, guess what? Now I’ve given you six weeks. You asked for three and I doubled it and I gave you six.”
Kamaru Usman finished by saying that there’s no excuses for the fight this time. Back in 2020, Masvidal took a fight against the Champion on 6 days notice, now? Jorge gets six weeks to prepare for the Nigerian Nightmare.
“On April 24, this time there will be no excuse” Usman said. “That’s it, there will be no excuse. You know what I’m looking to do, it’s to put the nail in the coffin. So bring your best game.”
credit to BJPENN.com for the transcription
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