Nigerian fighter, Kamaru Usman, has successfully defended his welterweight championship after recording a hard-earned victory over his challenger, Jorge Masvidal, at UFC 251.
Usman defeated Masvidal via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46). This is the 9th time he is winning via this route while his other victories have majorly been through knockouts.
Despite having a change of opponent in the very last minute, the Nigerian got the job done and he had his belt firmly wrapped around his waist as he recorded his 17th career victory.
Usman was originally meant to fight Gilbert Burn in the main event staged in Abu Dhabi’s Fight Island but after his opponent and his coach tested positive for coronavirus, they had to withdraw from fight night.
With President Dana White refusing to let that ruin the event, he went in search of a replacement, and in stepped Masvidal.
Tunde Eludini is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he studied International Relations. He is a Senior Correspondent coordinating the sports section for PREMIUM TIMES. Twitter: @tundeyeludini