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KAMARU THE BEAST

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KAMARU THE BEAST

Kamaru Usman knocked Jorge Masvidal out in the second round at UFC 261 to truly stake his claim as an all-time great welterweight champion.Masvidal took the fight on six days’ notice at UFC 251 in 2020 and went the distance then, but this time around with both men enjoying full fight camps, Usman devastated Gamebred.Given that the Nigerian Nightmare is renowned for his wrestling, but now he has two sensational knockouts in a row and he is becoming the complete fighter.Usman opened up the fight with a couple of fantastic right hooks, but Masvidal seemed to enjoy them, almost. 

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru dominated Masvidal last year over five rounds. But Usman wasn’t satisfied with that performance; he thought he could do better.Usman put a stamp on his rivalry with Masvidal on Saturday  24th of April, dropping Masvidal with a crushing right hand and following up on the ground for a knockout victory at 1 minute, 2 seconds of the second round in the main event of UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida.With the victory, Usman defended his 170-pound title. It was the first time the famously durable Masvidal had been finished by KO/TKO since 2008. 

“There’s two setups to that right hand that I just envisioned them landing. That was one of them. … I just had to stay composed and I was going to find it,” Usman said of the knockout blow “I needed to put a definitive finish on that chapter, and I did that tonight,” he added. ESPN had Usman ranked No. 2 in the world on its best pound-for-pound MMA fighters list coming in. At welterweight, ESPN has Usman at No. 1 and Masvidal at No. 7. Now, Usman has to be considered one of the best in the world currently, and the questions will begin about where he stands on the all-time list.

Author: Ibukun Babatunde

Lagos, Nigeria

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