Kamaru Usman defeated Masvidal via KO
Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman (19-1) absolutely destroyed Jorge Masvidal (35-15) in 1 minute and 2 seconds of the second round to retain his UFC welterweight title.
The Nigerian Nightmare shocked his challenger who expected a lot of wrestling, choosing to outstrike the man whom most people considered one of the best boxers in the UFC. The only time Usman resorted to his wrestling was when Masvidal attempted a body kick, forcing the champ to counter with his own wrestling. The Nigerian Nightmare landed a number of clean jabs during the fight before a power shot in the second round to switch the lights out of Masvidal and left him limp on the ground.
“I’m still growing,” he said post fight. “And I’ve got nothing but respect for Masvidal for pushing me this way.”
Kamaru whose background is in wrestling has shown tremendous improvement in his boxing and to outbox someone like Masvidal is a testament to how much of a well-rounded fighter he has become. With that victory, Usman extends his record for the longest active winning streak in the UFC to 14.
In the co-main event, ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas (11-4) stunned the MMA world with a first round knock out of (former) Strawweight champion, Zhang Weili (21-2) after just 1 minute 18 seconds of the very first round.
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Weili started with some inside leg kicks to slow down the much younger contender but Rose landed a head kick which completely knocked the (former) champ out cold. While Zhang Weili disputed the stoppage, it was clear to the world that she was done.
With that win, Thug Rose shatters Weili’s 20 fight winning streak and also becomes the first woman in UFC history to win back a title she lost.
In the third title fight of the night, Valentina Shevchenko (21-3) completely dominated Brazil’s Jessica Andrade (21-9) and finished off with a second round TKO to retain her UFC Flyweight strap.
The champ put up a clinic, dominating Andrade whom many considered her biggest test yet with some beautiful wrestling before putting her her in a crucifix in the second round and battering her with some heavy elbows to force a stoppage by the referee.
“To my opponents trying to figure out what my weakness is, don’t bother. There is none,” Valentina said after that masterclass.
Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman is one of three Africa-born champions in the UFC alongside fellow Nigerian, Israel Adesanya and Cameroonian, Francis Ngannou. Usman is the Number 2 Pound-for-Pound fighter in the UFC behind Jon Jones who currently fights in the heavyweight division.