Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal are bringing a superspectacle at the UFC 251 this Saturday. Yas Island in Abu Dhabi is going to burn once these two guys meet. The fans were eager to see this clash for a long period of time, and when all the hopes went away, suddenly, we saw a massive shift in the situation. Gilbert Burns was tested positive for COVID-19 virus, and the organization needed to find a proper solution. Masvidal was a logical solution, and this time Dana White and the company gave the American an offer he couldn’t refuse. As we know, Gamebred didn’t want to accept the previous offers because he thought that he deserves more money.
Usman (-230) is arguably the fighter with the biggest stamina in the UFC. And he proved that on multiple occasions. We saw him against Colby, as time went by he was even increasing the tempo, once Covington made a push, Kamaru (16-1 MMA, 11-0 UFC) would respond with more power.
The Nigerian Nightmare’s chin is one of the strongest in the UFC. The hits he absorbs would definitely take down some other fighters. He is a versatile, strong guy who right now has 15 straight wins.
The last one, as we said, was against Colby Covington at the UFC 245, and he won that via TKO in the fifth round. Prior to it, Usman took the welterweight title against Tyron Woodley via unanimous decision. In fact, the win against Colby was the first with a stoppage after four straight, which ended with a decision in his favor (dos Anjos, Demian Maia, and Emil Weber Meek).
Masvidal (+230) hopes to see Justin Gaethje’s destiny. As you recall, Gaethje jumped in as a replacement and managed to defeat Tony Ferguson making a massive sensation in the UFC world. However, Masvidal (35-13 MMA, 12-6 UFC) is in a much worse position than the Highlight was. He had only six days to prepare, and the majority of that time he spent on cutting weight.
Gamebred had to lose 22 pounds, and while doing that, he wasted a massive amount of energy. Overall, he has natural stamina, but against Usman, it would take more than that to win. The American is also known for having a tough chin himself too, and just by looking at his matches, you can see that Masvidal absorbs a solid number of head strikes throughout every contest.
He is on a three-win streak, as he defeated Darren Till first, then Ben Askren (the fastest KO in the UFC history), and eventually Nate Diaz in the unofficial BMF belt match. By the way, Masvidal is the fighter with the most battle in his career before getting a chance to win the title. This is going to be his 49th fight.
We are going with Usman here because he had more time to prepare and to push his physical condition to a higher level. Masvidal will try to end this in the opening round or two, but knowing the champ, that won’t pass. He is too strong for that to happen. The Moneyline on Usman’s win is -230, and we are recommending this pick.
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