Masvidal Says He’ll Beat Usman With Ease, Reveals UFC 249 Offer
UFC welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal is expected to be the next challenger to UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman. And since defeating Nate Diaz at UFC 244 and capturing the ‘BMF’ belt, he has been feuding with ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’.
The latest part of the beef came before UFC 249, where both men accused the other of ‘ducking’ out of the fight. Usman called Masvidal a ‘phony’ and a ‘fraud’ for rejecting the bout at the now scrapped event.
After the coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson in the UFC 249 main event, the UFC turned their focus to securing the UFC welterweight championship fight instead, but Masvidal turned down the fight.
Speaking to BT Sport (as transcribed by The Mac Life), Masvidal opened up on the real reason why he didn’t accept the fight.
“There was a deal on the table. But when the full deal and the whole extent of it got brought through and how it was going to play out, the budget really wasn’t there in a way for what we were asking. The price tag that I put out there, they didn’t want to pay, this other guy’s.. who knows if he was in or not, you know, but my price wasn’t met and for the risk to reward factor.
“I’m wanting to get compensated and that compensation really wasn’t there. We weren’t too far off either. We could make it work in the future for a fact. I think in July I’ll beheading this guy for the whole world to see.”
Usman holds consecutive wins over Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington, but ‘The Street Jesus’ says he will take care of the champion ‘with ease’.
“A fight is just more than the guy that you have in front of you,” Masvidal said. “It’s also the moment. It’ll be fine for the UFC title, so that’s huge. But the skillset, no my brother, this animal hunter has tamed much more ferocious animals and wild beast than this mere insect in front of me. So as far as that goes, skill level goes, no. This individual will be tamed on that night. This matador will tame the wild animal — and with ease as well.”
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