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Midnight Mania! Jorge Masvidal willing to rematch Kamaru Usman if victorious

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Less than a year after their first clash back at UFC 251, Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal are set to go to battle once again. Many would argue that the result — a dominant decision win for the champion — didn’t necessitate a rematch, but there were some unusual circumstances. Notably, Masvidal took the fight on just about a week’s notice, which definitely does affect one’s performance.

Plus, it sold a whole lot of pay-per-views (PPV).

Of course, part of the decision to rematch came down to Usman, who wasn’t quite satisfied with his earlier win. If “Gamebred” is victorious this time around, he is willing to extend the favor, preemptively offering Usman the rubber match after being questioned about the potential situation.

“Definitely, he gave me a chance,” Masvidal said at the UFC 261 pre-fight press conference (via MMAFighting). “Whether we see eye-to-eye on things or not, he gave me another chance to compete, so I’ll definitely give him the chance to compete again.”

Despite this show of respect, Masvidal made it clear that there was no way Usman could ever earn his “BMF” title, which he won by stopping Nate Diaz in November 2019. “You gotta be a BMF to compete for that one, and this dude ain’t it,” Masvidal said.

Naturally, the actual champion was unimpressed with his foe’s more ceremonial tattoo, firing back right away. “What belt?” Usman replied. “There’s three belts, three shiny belts here. This is what’s important. Not that piece of sh*t.”


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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

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