Kamaru Usman promises to ‘ragdoll’ late replacement Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 this weekend… but ‘Gamebred’ already has his eyes set on Nate Diaz rematch
- Jorge Masvidal has stepped in with a week to go to face Kamaru Usman
- Usman was meant to fight Gilbert Burns but he tested positive for coronavirus
- Masvidal declared himself available for the main event at UFC 251 on Saturday
- ‘Gamebred’ beat Nate Diaz last year and is already looking towards a rematch
Kamaru Usman insists he is going to ‘ragdoll’ late replacement Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 on Saturday night.
Usman was slated to take on Gilbert Burns in the main event on UFC Fight Island on Saturday 11 July, but the Brazilian tested positive for coronavirus last Friday.
Masvidal, who was originally in line to take on Usman – the Nigerian Nightmare – before negotiations broke down over pay, swiftly declared himself available to replace Burns at short notice.
Kamaru Usman has already thrown down the gauntlet ahead of his fight this weekend
Jorge Masvidal has stepped in last-minute to face Usman, after Gilbert Burns tested positive
However, ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal himself is already looking ahead to a potential bout against Nate Diaz or Stephen Thompson after this weekend’s fight.
The 35-year-old, who claimed the ‘Baddest Mother F*****’ belt (BMF) against Diaz in November, has even posted images of himself on Instagram ‘negotiating’ on the phone and taking a coronavirus test.
Masvidal claimed the money he was originally offered for fighting Usman was only half of what he got for the Diaz fight.
That purse was then matched, but Masvidal wanted more, as well as a higher cut of the pay-per-view revenue but despite the disagreement, Masvidal has saved Dana White’s show this weekend by stepping in.
Masvidal captured the BMF title against Nate Diaz, and was originally in line to face Usman
‘That’s my (expletive), absolutely,’ said Usman.
‘They’re saying it’s a “BMF” – they’re really considering this a real title, kind of an interim thing or whatever.
‘They’re really considering this a title. So you know, yes – after I go out there and beat his a** and ragdoll him, that (expletive) is coming home with me so I can throw it in my closet.’
UFC president Dana White has not actually yet confirmed whether the ‘BMF’ title will be up for grabs when the pair meet.