However, Usman was not happy with this functionality; he believed he would do better.
Usman set a stamp on his competition with Masvidal on Saturday night, falling Masvidal using a devastating right hand and following up on the floor to get a knockout victory at 1 minute, two minutes of the next round at the main event of UFC 261 at Jacksonville, Florida.
With the success, Usman defended his 170-pound name. This had been the first time that the famously durable Masvidal was completed by KO/TKO because 2008.
“There is two setups to the ideal hand I simply imagined them landing. This was among these. … I simply had to remain calm and that I had been going to locate it,” Usman said of this knockout blow.
“I had to place a definitive finish on such chapter, and that I did this tonight,” he added.
In the postfight press conference, UFC president Dana White stated Colby Covington is following for Usman at what is a rematch of the December 2019 bout, which Usman won through fifth-round TKO in UFC 245.
ESPN had Usman rated No. 2 in the world on its own very best pound-for-pound MMA fighters record coming in. In welterweight, ESPN has Usman in No. 1 and Masvidal in No. 7. Now, Usman needs to be considered among the very best in the world now, and also the questions will start on where he stands on the one time record.
“Together with my principles, I’m that the pound-for-pound greatest fighter on Earth at the moment,” Usman said.
White went further, stating Usman is”among the greatest ever, and he is on his way into likely being the best of all time.”
“When you move in and you conquer the men that are considered as the very best on earth at the time and you conquer them two and you conquer them it’s all a part of cementing that heritage this man will get a while,” White explained.
Usman, 33, currently has his fourth consecutive title defense along with his 14th directly UFC success. He’s got the second-longest winning series in UFC history; just Anderson Silva has significantly more successive wins (16).
“You left me get in the workshop. … I told everyone I am still getting better. The sky is the limit for me as I am doing so.”
Saturday’s name defense was particularly emotional for its Nigerian fighter. From the Octagon following the bout, Usman set his welterweight belt on his dad, Muhammed, who got to watch Usman fight in the UFC for the very first time in man. Muhammed was in prison for almost 10 years on insurance fraud charges, prior to being published in February 2020.
“It was astonishing,” Usman said. “My family is finally full, and also to get him experience this, particularly in the front of a crowd like this and believe that energy, there is nothing like this. There is absolutely nothing like it”
Masvidal (35-15) is among the largest stars around the UFC roster. In 2019, Masvidal pumped out Darren Until , Ben Askren and Nate Diaz at a period of eight weeks to become one of the most popular MMA athletes on earth. The latter was for its mythical BMF name at Madison Square Garden. Masvidal, 36, has been a professional fighter for nearly 18 decades, but he’s only recently become among the hottest MMA celebrities on earth.
“He has my number, guy,” Masvidal stated of Usman. God bless him, guy.”