Jorge Masvidal is foreshadowing a 3rd assembly with Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title.
After dropping a unanimous determination on lower than every week’s discover to Usman at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi, Masvidal will get his likelihood at redemption with a full coaching camp after they headline UFC 261 April 24 on the offered out VyStar Veterans Memorial Enviornment in Jacksonville, Fla.
“Gamebred” expects to go away the constructing Saturday evening with one other championship belt to take a seat beside the “BMF title” on the mantle, after which run it again with “The Nigerian Nightmare” to settle the rating as soon as and for all.
“After I win the rematch we undoubtedly will go for the trilogy,” Masvidal stated throughout a digital fan Q&A for ESPN+ subscribers on Tuesday hosted by Laura Sanko. “I can’t go down in historical past 1-1 with this particular person. It’s simply not going to occur.”
Masvidal has not competed because the loss to Usman, whereas the reigning champion may have a fast turnaround a bit over two months after stopping Gilbert Burns in the principle occasion of UFC 258 in February. The 33-year-old surpassed former champion Georges St-Pierre’s document for probably the most consecutive welterweight victories with 13 in his most up-to-date title protection.
Whereas he understands Usman needed to cope with quite a lot of the identical hardships forward of their first assembly on Battle Island, Masvidal was requested what the largest distinction will probably be this time round in comparison with his first crack at welterweight gold.
“I’m not gonna minimize 20 kilos of weight—primarily water—in six days [this time],” Masvidal defined. “Proper now I’m eight, 9 kilos earlier than I hit the mark of 170 so it’s a unique minimize altogether. That would be the figuring out issue, I feel.”
As soon as the rivalry with Usman is full, Masvidal will probably be on the lookout for the largest fights with the best attainable pay days attainable, as he acknowledged in response to quite a few fan questions in regards to the future. Ought to the 36-year-old turn into a UFC world champion in his fiftieth skilled MMA bout later this month, he says it will imply every little thing.
“I’m going to get the kind of sleep I need when I’ve that belt,” Masvidal acknowledged. “Let’s go. Let’s discover out [what it will mean to be champion].”