Kamrau Usman fighting
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A 170 pounds Kamaru Usman – also known as The Nigerian Nightmare – showed the world who the king is.

Kamrau Usman fighting
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In his rematch against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261, Kamaru Usman decided to make a statement. He also wanted to show that his unanimous decision victory over them at UFC 251 wasn’t a fluke.

Usman did both on Saturday night, scoring possibly the most brutal knockout of 2021 when he starched Masvidal with a right hand and knocked him out cold at the point of impact. At the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., Usman retained his welterweight championship with a knockout punch and hammerfists that followed at the 1:02 mark of the second round.

In his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Usman said, “Jacksonville, Florida, ya’ll said ya’ll wanted violence? You’re welcome,” 

Kick-Off

Usman and Masvidal were trading on the feet in the first round. Usman made it clear right away that he intended to strike, landing a crisp jab to snap Masvidal’s head around. Masvidal returned the smile and delivered a right hand to the body and a short left hand to Usman, which he ate.

Mid-Fights

Usman picked up Masvidal and slammed him down for a takedown after seeing that he was settling into a groove. Masvidal regained his footing and landed a hard knee to start the second round on a positive note.

Final Lap

Masvidal launched himself into the second stanza with a powerful leg blow. Usman returned with a hard right hand, and Masvidal chuckled at him once more. Usman feinted a left and shot a vicious right hand that twisted Masvidal’s head at impact, and he didn’t smile for long. Usman pounced and won the belt for the fourth time with blistering hammerfists.

“I know with my fundamentals, I am pound-for-pound the best fighter on the planet right now,” Usman said bluntly.

First time in Masvidal’s (35-15) 50-fight career that he had been stopped via strikes. 

“It hurts,” Masvidal admitted. “I’ve never been knocked out in 50 pro fights. Usman showed me something that he didn’t show the first fight. That’s what happens when you get overconfident. He’s got my number, man.”

Women’s Strawweight Title Fight: Zhang Weili (C) Vs. Rose Namajunas

Rose Namajunas drilled Zhang Weili with a left high kick when she expected a low kick. A new strawweight champion was crowned after a few hammer fists.

With the KO victory, Namajunas (11-4) gained the title again, breaking Weili’s (21-2) 21-fight winning streak. Weili seemed to be unhappy with the stoppage at the end of the fight, and there appeared to be some controversy. Weili said after the fight that she was not unconscious, but it served as a reminder that fighters who have been knocked out need to be given more consideration.

Women’s Flyweight Title Fight: Valentina Shevchenko (C) Vs. Jessica Andrade

Valentina Shevchenko utterly dominated Jessica Andrade, winning the fight by TKO after locking in a crucifix position and hammering her with head shots before the referee mercifully stopped the fight.

Takedown after takedown, Shevchenko was way too hard for Andrade. 

Shevchenko has now won seven consecutive matches and fourteen of her last sixteen. Amanda Nunes is the only rival she has defeated in that period, and a third battle between the two will be an incredibly exciting main event.

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