UFC 261: Kamaru Usman brutally knocks out Jorge Masvidal

The tremendous KO of Kamaru Usman a Jorge Masvidal It did not resonate supported by the amplitude of the echo in front of an uninhabited space, but rather the moment was cheered by an entire venue full of fans. And is that UFC 261 it was the first event to be held with full capacity (15,000 people) in more than a year. To celebrate at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, the promotion featured three title bouts, including the welterweight belt rematch between champion Usman and aspiring Masvidal.

The two fighters met for the first time at UFC 251, last July. Usman easily defeated Masvidal by unanimous decision, who entered the fight with only a week’s notice after Gilbert Burns test positive for COVID-19. Now the Nigerian had let him prepare with a full training camp to face the challenge.

“You wanted violence. Well, they already have it, ”Usman said after the way the Nigerian fighter who defended the title with the authority to sign 14 consecutive victories in MMA concluded his fight, a whole record. Usman is one of the best grapplers out there in the UFC right now. He would have had no problem knocking down and holding Masvidal against the cage throughout the fight. But the Nigerian dared to exchange shrapnel with the Cuban-American to enhance his legacy, always keeping his jab as a starting weapon in his attacks. He only used his fight in the first round after suffering a knee from Masvidal and reversing the shot with a takedown in his favor, although on the ground the incredible dominance came from the American who knew how to land better shots from a lower position.

Masvidal was relentlessly punishing Usman’s front leg to wear him down, a strategy that was repeated but which, due to the early conclusion of the fight, did not bear any fruit. In addition, in the exchanges of shots their changes of pace did not prophesy the final result of the fight that reached the minute of the second round when a brutal right hand knocked out Masvidal for the first time in his entire career.

With Khabib Nurmagomedov retired and Jon Jones locked in an eternal limbo of negotiations with the UFC, Usman is already one of the favorites to be named the best pound-for-pound male fighter in the world.

Namajunas recovers the scepter with a spectacular kick

The co-star fight between Weili Zhang, defending the UFC women’s strawweight title, fell dramatically in just over two minutes of the first round in favor of the former champion Rose Namajunas, for a high kick that unexpectedly knocked out the Chinese fighter. The following blows against a defeated opponent were left over by the implicit forcefulness that the shot contained. A spectacular KO. Although Zhang was clearly diminished, she bitterly complained about the stoppage of the fight.

Namajunas went out to develop an obvious plan. From his greatest span, he threw punches in line, always staying mobile so as not to be a fixed target. He struck and immediately went out of the distance of his rival to never be exposed to a counterattack from the china that prints blows with greater power. And it is that Zhang has a great strike with which he usually pressures throughout the octagon. All of his actions demonstrate physical power and he can maintain that vigor for 25 minutes without much trouble. A rival with whom it is advisable to remain cautious and not exchange. As he faithfully carried out that approach, the finishing kick came suddenly.

China officially arrived on the world MMA scene in August 2019, when Zhang finished off Jessica Andrade in less than a minute to capture the UFC strawweight title. It was clear that the UFC was in business interests of the Chinese fighter’s victory, but Zhang destroyed Andrade in no time to leave no doubt about her legitimate victory. The only defense of the title was a bloody back-and-forth war against Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 248, which was won by the Chinese fighter by split decision in which he would be named the fight of the year 2020. Namajunas belongs to the elite of the strawweight division and was the main challenge that Zhang had to settle to confirm his dominance.

Shevchenko dominates Andrade in his field

In the first title dispute of the night, Valentina Shevchenko was looking for another defense of the UFC women’s flyweight championship, while Jessica Andrade he was trying to achieve gold in a second weight class.

Andrade has enough punch to win a match in the blink of an eye. It was rightly considered the toughest test Shevchenko faced since the rematch with Amanda Nunes. But Valentina swept her in every field, especially in the grip fight. He projected when he wanted, dominated from continued on the ground and in the second round he ended the contest by securing a crucifix position. His opponent with the limbs canceled, without the possibility of defense, received repeated blows until the referee stopped the fight.

Andrade tried to go into the distance and project Shevchenko. Although it was a feasible strategy in principle, especially if they entered the clinch, it was much easier said than done. In the fight the Slavic fighter surprised by being the one who repeatedly projected and he was about to end the fight on the ground with a mataleón already in the first round. On the floor, Andrade usually dominates based on her power, but Shevchenko has been the fighter who has posed the most difficulties in this field. The only noteworthy thing in this fight of the Brazilian was her good work of pressure against the gate but Valentina knew how to get her hips out as necessary to prevent being projected at all times.

Shevchenko has been nearly unbeatable since joining the UFC (her only losses have been to Amanda Nunes), but she has been especially dangerous in the flyweight division. After destroying Priscilla Waterfall, Shevchenko won the championship by defeating Joanna Jedrzejczyk on UFC 231. Since then, Shevchenko has retained the championship against Jessica Eye, Liz carmouche, Katlyn Chookagian Y Jennifer Maia. There is no rival on the horizon of the division yet who can overshadow it.

In the rest of the evening the following completions occurred:

On the main billboard, Chris Weidman suffered an incredible break after hitting the leg of his rival, Uriah Hall. The exact same injury Anderson Silva had when he faced him years ago. We advise that the images are very hard.

Anthony Smith injured the nerve of Jimmy Crute after hitting him with a kick to his left knee. The combat was finished since the second assault could not go out to dispute it.

In the preliminaries, Randy Brown ended at Alex Oliveira with a mataleón that began from above to prostrate his rival to the ground and exert even more pressure until the conclusion of the fight.

Brendan Allen subjected with an ankle brace to Karl Roberson about to end the first round.

Danaa Batgerel knocked out Kevin Natividad with a right hook to which he continued with a flurry of blows so that the fight was interrupted.

Y Ariane Carnelossi ended up Na Liang with finishing blows to the ground in the second round.

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