UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman was working the desk final night time at UFC Vegas 49. There he watched Islam Makhachev defeat Bobby Green to place himself into pole place for a light-weight title shot.
Two fighters vying for a shot at Usman’s title might be doing battle on March 5, in the primary occasion of UFC 272. Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masvidal would possibly present the winner an opportunity to check the adage of ‘three time’s a appeal’ versus ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’.
4 of Usman’s final 5 fights have been in opposition to both Covington or Masvidal. He’s received all of them, by the best way. So who higher to supply evaluation on a combat between ‘Chaos’ and ‘Gamebred’. On ESPN he gave his take and mentioned who he thought would stroll away with their hand raised.
“I feel [Masvidal] might probably win the combat as a result of one factor about Masvidal is he is among the solely guys who in his stance is so tall in his stance however he is ready to defend takedowns from a number of the finest wrestlers,” mentioned Usman (ht sportskeeda). “He’s very superb at placing, so relaxed and so quick and he’s in a position to contact you. He won’t really feel as onerous however he can contact that button to have the ability to shut the lights off and I imply, having the ability to run throughout the Octagon in 5 seconds, touchdown knee like that simply reveals a distinct degree of athleticism.”
“He’s an athlete,” Usman added. “He’s a talented striker, he’s a talented fighter, and he undoubtedly has the instruments to have the ability to land that shot to steal this combat away from Covington. So, I’m excited, I can’t wait, I might be there. I haven’t been to a combat in a very long time.”
Usman hasn’t misplaced since his second professional combat again in 2013. Over the previous few years he has regarded unstoppable and earned his spot as the highest ranked males’s pound-for-pound fighter within the UFC.
His final title defence, at November’s UFC 268, was a unanimous determination win over Covington. That adopted a thunderous KO win over Masvidal. Usman has additionally defended his title in opposition to teammate Gilbert Burns, who he beat by TKO final February.
UFC 272 is scheduled to happen on the T-Cellular Enviornment in Las Vegas, NV. The co-main occasion is slated to characteristic Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rafael Fiziev. The cardboard additionally consists of Edson Barboza vs. Bryce Mitchell and Kevin Holland vs. Alex Oliveira.