Kamaru Usman scored a surprising second-round knockout to end Jorge Masvidal and retain the undisputed UFC welterweight title at UFC 261 in Florida.
The bout, which happened in entrance of 15,000 followers in Jacksonville, was a rematch of their assembly at UFC 251, the place Masvidal stepped in on six days’ discover however misplaced out to Usman on the scorecards after 5 gruelling rounds.
American Masvidal, 36, mentioned that he would fare higher after a full coaching camp, whereas Nigerian Usman, 33, promised to ship an much more decisive victory within the rematch to register his fourth successive title defence.
The pair engaged in an exciting back-and-forth battle by spherical one, with each males having fun with success on the toes, whereas Usman scored a major takedown halfway by the spherical.
The bout exploded in spherical two when Usman related with an enormous straight proper hand that despatched Masvidal crashing to the canvas for a knockout victory.
Usman’s win improved his report to 19-1 and prolonged his unbeaten run to 18 fights, together with 14 straight victories within the UFC.
“I told everybody, I’m still getting better. The sky’s the limit for me as long as I’m doing this,” he mentioned.
“I know with my fundamentals, I am the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet right now.”
Masvidal was elegant in defeat as he reacted to the primary knockout lack of his 50-fight MMA profession.
“First time in my career, and it’s in front of all my people, my family and my friends, so it hurts,” he mentioned.
“I’ve never been knocked out in 50 pro fights. Usman showed me something that he didn’t show in the first fight. I didn’t feel his power, and that’s what happens when you get overconfident. I thought we were going to wrestle more.
“All the props to him on the planet. He caught me unexpectedly. He’s acquired my quantity. There’s nothing I can say. He received this truthful and sq.. God bless him.”