Jorge Masvidal Doubts Kamaru Usman’s Striking Ability: ‘He’s Not Legit, He’s Nothing Special’

    ByRoss Markey

    Apr 20, 2022
    Jorge Masvidal

    Despite suffering a heavy second round knockout loss to UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman just a year ago – two-time division title challenger, Jorge Masvidal has claimed that the Auchi native is “nothing special” when it comes to a striking talent, despite that aforenoted knockout win.

    Headlining UFC 261 against the defending champion back in April of last year in a Jacksonville, Florida rematch – Masvidal suffered a huge, one-punch knockout loss to Usman in the second round, dropping his second consecutive loss to the Nigerian kingpin. 

    In the time since, Masvidal returned to the Octagon at the beginning of last month in the main event of UFC 272, suffering a one-sided unanimous decision loss to common-foe, former interim champion, and past training partner, Colby Covington.

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    Jorge Masvidal insists Kamaru Usman is still “beatable”

    Speaking on his history with Usman, and in particular, the ONX Labs trainee and Trevor Wittman student’s striking prowess, Masvidal claimed that although Usman stopped him with a thunderous knockout win, his striking left a lot to be desired. 

    “Oh, I know he’s (Kamaru Usman) beatable,” Jorge Masvidal said on the Impaulsive podcast. “There’s not a man alive that’s not beatable. Taking the second round out of it, the first round after I got up, I started landing some big shots on him. The second knee – the first knee I threw, he took me down. The second knee I hit him with right here on the chest, and my thigh hit him in the jaw, wobbled him a little bit.”

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    “On the feet, he’s nothing special,” Jorge Masvidal continued. “He might have got me, but he’s nothing special on the feet. He’s not like a legit striker on the feet yet.” 

    Commenting on his first, short-notice championship offing against Usman, Masvidal knew that his wrestling shortcomings would leave Usman a route to success.

    “The first fight, just put me up against the fence and I wasn’t able to f*ckin’ let go,” Jorge Masvidal said. “The second fight, I’m thinking it’s a takedown after takedown after takedown. I was doing well stuffing the takedowns, and then boom, switched it up on me. So I definitely feel the consistent problem that I have throughout my career is my wrestling is not 100 percent there yet.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)