Usman has showed who the most dominant fighter is in the UFC welterweight division after defeating Masvidal in his 16th straight fight on Sunday on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
It wasn’t a very pretty fight as both Usman and Masvidal grappled for a majority of the bout. The two were entangled on the sides of the octagon while each fighter tried to gain the upper hand.
Masvidal appeared to make good strikes in the first two rounds, but it was Usman who gained control through the rest of the bout – including making several key takedowns.
The three judges for the night unanimously found Usman better than his opponent and scored him 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46.
Usman continues an impressive run through the UFC. His victory improved his record to 17 wins and just one loss, while Masvidal’s defeats rose to 14 with 35 wins.
It was Masvidal’s first title challenge and his first loss since 2017. Usman on other hand hasn’t lost since 2013 when he was fighting in the Championship Fighting Alliance.
The UFC 251 co-main event between Usman and Masvidal was concocted only six days ago, after Gilbert Burns was supposed to fight Usman contracted coronavirus.
Usman and Masvidal have feuded for quite some time. The two nearly came to blows during Super Bowl week in Miami earlier this year.
The near-brawl came after Usman appeared on “The Joe Rogan Experience” and confirmed that he and Masvidal were going to fight next, it was just a matter of time.
Watch tue highlights below:
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