SWITZERLAND, JULY 12 – Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman has retained his UFC Welterweight title in Dubai early Sunday morning after defeating Jorge Masvidal 50-45, 50-45, 49-46 in a keenly contested fight.
However, Masvidal has told Kamaru of his interest in a rematch after his welterweight title defeat in the UFC 251 main event.
Usman won the first two rounds but Masvidal took the third.
Having taken the fight on six days’ notice with 20 pounds to lose, a below-par Masvidal lost via unanimous decision to Usman, who has now equalled Georges St-Pierre’s record of twelve straight victories in the welterweight division.
The win is Usman’s second defence win after beating Colby Covington with a fifth-round knockout in December 2019 in his first defence.
It was Usman’s 12th consecutive win in the UFC, equalling Georges St-Pierre’s record for the longest welterweight winning streak.
Nigerians hailed Usman after the win, the 17th of his career.
Burna Boy, a 2020 Grammy Award nominee, simply hailed Usman in a tweet. “Kamaru Usman!!!!”
Also, H. H Alabi praised the Nigerian’s tactics in the fight despite critics calling it a boring win.
He tweeted, “I had to watch Usman vs Masvidal again. I saw a very interesting fight and a display of tacts, strategy and strength. People are disappointed because the hypeman didn’t live to expectation. Usman put up a great show and literally manhandled Mas for five rounds. What a champ!!!”
Dele Adepoju, a student, praised Usman for his efforts.
“The win was difficult but people saw a boring fight. He had a strategy and it won him the fight. Big one champ. More wins.”
Another Twitter user, Bidemi Adedipe, added, “This is a Nigerian doing a legitimate job. His win is for all of us.”