Nigeria’s UFC Champion Usman Given Six-Month Suspension

July 19, 2020
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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, has been handed a six-month medical suspension after breaking his nose against Jorge Masvidal.

Usman, nicknamed, The Nigerian Nightmare, suffered a broken nose as he retained his UFC welterweight title last weekend.

The 33-year-old is now set to miss six months of action while he is forced to recover.

Usman will also be forced to avoid any contact for at least three weeks while the nose heals.

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Meanwhile, Masvidal, 35, will miss a month himself due to a forehead laceration sustained in his defeat.

The American took the fight on just six days’ notice but failed to pull off a miraculous win.

Masvidal has now been handed a 30-day medical suspension to allow a nasty gash on his face to heal.

As with Usman, he will be forced to avoid any contact work for three weeks.

Usman had been expected to next fight Gilbert Burns, his original opponent at UFC 251 before his positive test for coronavirus.

But Usman has insisted he has another ideal candidate on his mind – former two-weight world champion Georges St-Pierre.

The 39-year-old hasn’t fought in the Octagon since 2017 when he defeated Michael Bisping for the middleweight strap.

Asked who he would love to fight next, Usman told TMZ Sports: “Honestly I would have to say Georges St-Pierre.

“Right now we’re tied for the record, most consecutive wins in the welterweight division.

“Georges is a tough guy, Georges is a legend, Georges is a guy that’s been around for a while…

“[He] has put his time in and is considered as one of the best, and that’s where I aim to be.

“Georges can still do it, he proved it two years ago when he came back, I feel he’s still able to do it.

“I feel he’s still able to come in and be that opponent that people are unsure, like you know what, ‘we don’t know if Usman has got this one,’ and I think that Georges St-Pierre can be that guy.

“If Georges wants to do it, Georges can get it too.”

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