Kamaru Usman looked as dominant as ever last night (Sat., July 11, 2020) at UFC 251 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside Flash Forum in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, when he stumped Jorge Masvidal in their main event to retain his UFC welterweight title via unanimous decision.
The first round began with early pressure by Masvidal on the feet before Usman secured his first takedown. Masvidal fought back to his feet and started to hit Usman to the head and body. The champ continued to press the action along the cage before the action broke on the feet and Usman was able to form a cut above Masvidal’s left eye.
In Round 2, Masvidal went back to the body with a kick before Usman shot inside and tried to take the fight down. He couldn’t make it happen, but did smother “Gamebred” along the cage and continuously controlled the fight. Usman was able to land some hard punches to Masvidal’s body and eventually scored a right hand over the top. Masvidal returned with a barrage of strikes to end the second.
Masvidal connected on some good shots to begin the third before Usman backed him against the cage for more clinch work. The champion would eventually score a slamming takedown on Masvidal as “Gamebred” was forced to scramble off his back. The fourth round was much of the same as “Nigerian Nightmare” suffocated Masvidal along the cage with heavy leaning and short attacks to the body. Masvidal would find a way to separate and land a flurry of punches, but they weren’t enough to keep the champ at bay.
In the fifth, Usman continued his pressure and secured another takedown to get top control. Masvidal escaped to land some late strikes by Usman’s presence inside of the cage was overwhelming. The champ simply cruised to a one-sided victory.
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