Through 13 UFC fights, including four title fights, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has made a habit of imposing his will on the 170-pound division, grinding and wrestling and beating the best in the division. . Along the way, Usman showed a peculiar penchant for “breaking his opponent,” a phrase sometimes thrown and quite understood in the fighting game. To hear Usman describe him, however, is to hear from someone who has grown accustomed to that kind of soul crushing, which he intends to do when he defends his title against Jorge Masvidal for the second time at UFC 261.
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“To be able to go the distance and break him, you take his best shot, he takes your best shot, but he can’t take it – you break him,” Usman said. “You are breaking his will. It fades and you feel it breaking. There is a time when you know. Forever in this guy’s life he will never forget this moment no matter what he does, which is why in most cases we don’t remember all the things we win. We don’t remember all the people we compete and beat against, but we do remember all the people we lost.