Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman defeated Jorge Masvidal to retain his UFC welterweight title at UFC 251 on Sunday.
Not one of the best fights ever produced by Kamaru Usman, but he did enough to get the better part of Masvidal who was drafted in as the late replacement for Gilbert Burns who pulled out of the fight after tested coronavirus.
Usman started the fight on the front foot and launched an early attack on the Masvidal, who did just enough to stay on his feet.
Masvidal also responded with another jibe and Kamaru proved who was up to the task as he neutralized his threat by containing him on the canvas.
Usman finds it difficult to land the knockout punch, but he quickly readjusted his game plans and applied a series of takedowns on his opponent.
Both fighter’s side gave their all throughout the fight, but the referees declared the winner via unanimous decision.
The 33-year-old took the match with 50-45, 49-46, and 50-45 decisions from the three referees.
Kamaru Usman is now 17-1 in MMA, undefeated in UFC and hasn’t lost a fight since May 2013.
His run in the UFC includes wins over:
Rafael Dos Anjos
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