Nine months later, the outcome was the identical: Kamaru Usman defeated George Masvidal to retain his UFC Welterweight belt. But on Saturday night time in Jacksonville (Florida), the native of Nigeria obtained his 18th consecutive victory (greatest present sequence in UFC) with out ready for the judges’ determination, not like final July where Masvidal had yet accepted the fight at the last minute.
Renowned for his qualities as a wrestler, he knocked out his opponent. from the second spherical because of his boxing, a robust proper immediately extinguishing Masvidal. This was the conclusion of a show from Usman who had dominated the primary spherical. “It had been a long time since I had been so nervous for a fight, however explained the champion in the octagon. He (Masvidal) pushed me to work to sharpen my tools and produce a performance like this. All categories combined, I am the best fighter on the planet now. “
“Thug Rose” again to the highest
Just earlier than this battle, the night was marked by an enormous shock among the many ladies, in straw weight. Rose Namajunas corrected champion Zhang Weili in simply over a minute because of a powerful kick to the pinnacle that gave the Chinese no probability. This is the second time (after 2017) that Namajunas has gained this belt. In the third battle with a title on the road, Valentina Shevchenko corrected Jessica Andrade, the referee ending the battle on the second spherical. This is his fifth victorious protection.
Note additionally the intense damage to a leg of Chris Wiedeman, sufferer of a double tibia-fibula fracture in middleweight in opposition to Uriah Hall. In the earlier battle, Jimmy Crute had additionally been pressured to surrender, in gentle heavyweights in opposition to Anthony Smith, after being hit in a leg (suspected rupture of a cruciate ligament in one knee).
First MMA competitors with public for over a 12 months
The American League of MMA UFC held its first occasion with the general public presence for greater than a 12 months on Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida. About 15,000 folks attended the combating, a primary on American soil since an occasion in March 2020 in Las Vegas. The UFC was then pressured to prepare its competitions behind closed doorways on American soil, or to maneuver them to Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.
Shortly earlier than the occasion, the State of Florida recorded 7,411 new Covid-19 contaminations for the day of Saturday, in addition to 53 deaths.