UFC Announces Kamaru Usman Vs. Jorge Masvidal To Take Place
Next Saturday's UFC 251 card in Abu Dhabi unfortunately took a blow. The original main event was supposed to be Usman against Gilbert Burns for the Undisputed UFC Welterweight Title, but unfortunately late Friday night, we found out that Gilbert Burns was withdrawing from the fight card as he tweeted early Saturday morning that he wasn't feeling well.
Masvidal (35-13 MMA, 12-6 UFC), who agreed to challenge Usman (16-1 MMA, 11-0 UFC) for the welterweight title on six days’ notice. As a result, the UFC officially announced the championship bout, which airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass from Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Usman and Masvidal will not fly to Abu Dhabi on the same charter plane tomorrow.
Masvidal and his team will be flying from Las Vegas to Abu Dhabi on a private jet courtesy of his management, First Round Management.
Masvidal holds the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history, at 5 seconds. As of January 27, 2020, he is #3 in the UFC welterweight rankings.
They both have never been against in the octagon. If, this happens then would headline their first fight. Masvidal has played 48 matches including 35 wins with 13 losses. Masvidal faced Ben Askren on July 6, 2019, at UFC 239. He won the fight via a flying knee 5 seconds into the first round. The knockout was the fastest knockout in UFC history, breaking the record set by Duane Ludwig.
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