Nigerian-born martial arts champion, Kamaru Usman and his next opponent Jorge Masvidal have come face to face ahead of their highly-anticipated rematch at UFC 261.
Masvidal, 36, was unable to defeat reigning champion Usman, 33, when the pair first met on Fight Island last year and is now looking to have another shot in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday night, April 24.
Usman’s wrestling is among the best in the sport. Usman and Covington each took home $500,000 for their UFC 245 title fight in December 2019. That was a significant jump from the $350,000 Usman made for his UFC 235 win over Tyron Woodley in March 2019.
According to cbssports.com, Usman’s efficiency and workrate is extraordinary. Usman scored 130 significant strikes and 12 takedowns against Rafael dos Anjos in 2018, according to Michael Carroll of the official UFC stats-based service FightMetric. He became just the second fighter in UFC history to connect with 100 or more significant strikes and 10 or more takedowns in a single UFC fight. The only other fighter to have done that was Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos at UFC 155.
As for Masvidal, Carroll says he statistically stands out for his power at welterweight. Masvidal lands 0.81 knockdowns per 15 minutes of fighting at 170 pounds. At 155 pounds, it’s just 0.15. Masvidal knockdown ratio at welterweight is 8:2. It’s just 1:3 at lightweight.
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