Jorge Masvidal was certain he would win the UFC welterweight title before facing Kamaru Usman at UFC 261.
Gamebred had even claimed that Usman had the softest hits he had ever felt. He’s certainly not saying that now.
Usman knocked out Masvidal cold in the second round with a superb right hand to his chin to retain his championship.
After the loss, Masvidal was class inside the Octagon. The two previously passionate rivals acknowledged their respect for each other and Masvidal told Joe Rogan the champion had beaten him ‘fair and square’.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani this week, Street Jesus said he was a fan of how Usman knocked him out and called him ‘handsome’.
“I thought he was going for a shot and when I realized it wasn’t a shot it was too late. I threw my check in the left hook, but it was already too late. I misread the information.
“So he sold it to me wonderfully and that’s why he got these results. My God. From that moment, I am a fan. Because I love sports so much. It’s just a great technique.
Usman came over to Masvidal and used his left hand to create the space to bring his right hand over the top. As Masvidal dealt with the left, it was already too late.
In the same interview, Masvidal suggested he would be happy to face Nick Diaz later this year.
UFC President Dana White revealed that Diaz was in attendance at UFC 261 and that they are due to talk about getting him his first fight in six years after the show.
Khamzat Chimaev threw his name in the hat, but the allure of seeing Nick trying to avenge the loss of his brother Nate Diaz to Masvidal for the BMF belt is a much bigger fight in the eyes of virtually everyone.
Usman crossed the welterweight line, but Colby Covington was in attendance for the Masvidal fight and appears to be the UFC’s choice to take on the champion next.
Covington is the closest man leading Usman when they first met, but Leon Edwards could get shot if he beat Nate Diaz at UFC 262.