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Kamaru Usman Reveals His Earlier UFC Struggle for Getting a Title Shot, claims to be “Ducked” for Years

Kamaru Usman of Nigeria celebrates his victory over Jorge Masvidal

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has defeated his rival Jorge Masvidal one more time and successfully defended his welterweight title at UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida

Usman stopped Masvidal with a crushing right hand and followed up on the ground. Later he snapped a knockout victory at 1 minute, 2 seconds of the second round. With that massive win, Usman regained his 170-pound title. However, it was a shameful loss for Gamebred as this is the first knockout loss since 2008.

However, the UFC world has underestimated the Nigerian Nightmare for years, but he finally proved himself. “There guys ducked me for years, but I got here and haven’t ducked anyone,” Usman conveyed in a post-game interview.

However, according to ESPN, Usman is the No. 2 player in the world in pound-for-pound ranking, and currently, he is the No. 1 in the welterweight division. “With my fundamentals, I am the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet right now,” Usman said.

The 33-year-old has defended his title four times, and Usman is “one of the best ever, and he’s on his way to probably being the greatest of all time.”

UFC 261: Kamaru Usman v George Masvidal 2

Kamaru Usman of Nigeria punches Jorge Masvidal of the United States during the Welterweight Title bout of UFC 261.  (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

However, Usman fought Masvidal last year at UFC 251, and he beat the rival via unanimous decision in a fairly one-sided fashion.

Undefeated in the UFC, Usman is now aiming for Colby Covington, who is ranked as number one in the UFC welterweight category. It seems the champion will continue to establish himself as one of the greatest welterweights in UFC history.


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