Masvidal has a professional mixed martial arts record of 35-15 and over those 50 fights, he’s taken on several big names in the UFC. “Gamebred’s” record includes victories over Nate Diaz, Darren Till, Donald Cerrone and Michael Chiesa. On the other end, Masvidal has lost to the likes of Stephen Thompson, Demian Maia and Benson Henderson.
Masvidal is also 0-2 in his last two fights, losing to reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. Their first bout took place at UFC 251 in July 2020 and “The Nigerian Nightmare” won by unanimous decision. The two met inside the Octagon nine months later at UFC 261 in April 2021 to run it back as their match on Fight Island came together on less than a week’s notice.
Although Gamebred had more time to prepare for the champion, the fight went south quickly. Masvidal was knocked out in the second round.
The loss shot Masvidal down the rankings, making his road to another title shot likely a long one. Regardless, a trilogy fight with Usman is exactly what the UFC veteran wants.
On Thursday, Masvidal spent time engaging with fans on Twitter. One fan asked Masvidal what his “dream fight” is, and Masvidal responded: “Usman again #supernecessary.”
For Masvidal to obtain a fight with Usman again, especially if The Nigerian Nightmare holds on to the 170-pound strap, he will likely have to make his way through several top-10 fighters.
Another fan wrote to Gamebred: “Is there anything you would change in your preparation, if you got to fight usman again?” Masvidal answered, “Yes.”
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Usman Is Busy With Colby Covington Later This Year
UFC president Dana White recently announced that Usman will defend his belt against Colby Covington at UFC 268 in November. The fight will take place on November 6 and although a venue has not been officially announced, it appears Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, is the top choice for the promotion.
Usman and Covington clashed in December 2019 in the main event of UFC 245. In one of the most epic 170-pound championship bouts in UFC history, the two went toe to toe for five rounds until The Nigerian Nightmare toppled “Chaos” by fifth-round TKO.
Since then, Usman went on to defend his belt three times, defeating Masvidal twice as well as Gilbert Burns. Covington has fought once since his fight with Usman, finishing Tyron Woodley by fifth-round TKO.
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Masvidal Plans to Return Later in 2021
For Masvidal, he plans to return to the Octagon “December or earlier,” as he told a fan on Wednesday.
There’s very little chance that Gamebred will draw Usman for a third consecutive time. He will likely look at the top 10 of the UFC’s welterweight division for his next opponent unless he campaigns for a match with the likes of Nick or Nate Diaz.