Jorge Masvidal was in a threatening mood as he described the violent punishment he would hand out to Kamaru Usman if they split the octagon again on Saturday night at UFC 261 in Florida.
Masvidal and undisputed welterweight king Usman will be bringing it back on a stacked card at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville as a full house of fans returns for the first time since the pandemic broke out.
This time around, Miami fan-favorite Usman has vowed he’ll be the one who raised his hand.
“You can hear it for yourself, see for yourself – these people want violence,” Masvidal told fans at the press conference on Thursday, MMA Fighting reported.
“They don’t cheer me because I look so good or the food I eat, nothing, so they don’t cheer me. They cheer me because I give everyone their hard earned money.
“I come here to perform and bring the violence they crave and that’s the only reason I got all these fans behind me.”
UFC chief Dana White has said that Masvidal will have “no excuses” if he fails to beat “The Nigerian Nightmare” this Saturday after being in Abu Dhabi in the first six days in July last year Fight has occurred.
Usman won this competition in an impressive manner with a unanimous decision victory.
This time around, ‘Gamebred’ had the advantage of having a full warehouse – and promised that it would make all the difference.
“I didn’t get a broken nose, you did,” claimed Masvidal of the couple’s first meeting.
“I’ll tear your face open and break more bones than last time. Remember that face. “
Usman, 33, has emerged as one of the most dominant forces in MMA. He remained undefeated in the UFC octagon on 13 visits and held the all-time record for consecutive wins at 170 pounds.
Saturday night marks the fourth defense of the welterweight title he won by beating Tyron Woodley in March 2019.
Usman turned down Masvidal’s threats, responding that he was already nursing a broken nose in their first fight rather than suffering it from “Street Jesus”.
“Let’s be honest. You have 14 losses in your career, seven in the UFC, you’re 3-3 in your last six, you’re sitting there today because I picked you,” Usman said.
“I’m going around the track and you’re the first one I’m about to lap. Period.”
Masvidal already has an unofficial title for his name as the UFC’s “BMF” – an award he earned by defeating Nate Diaz in 2019 – but Usman poked fun at the belt the former backyard bully was wearing Thursday showed on stage.
“There are three belts here, three shiny belts. This is important. Not that piece of shit, ”poked Usman, referring to the three bouts on the bill that weekend – the other two involved clashes for the straw weight and the flyweight of women’s gold.
Despite the barbs, Usman suggested that Saturday night was purely “business”.
“I didn’t feel like I broke his will [last time]. On Saturday night, when I’ve broken his will, I’ll be absolutely satisfied.
“No, it’s not personal at all. If he does it personally, that’s up to him. For me it’s not personal. It’s all about business. He’s the next one I picked. “
Business or not, the couple’s gaze was intense nonetheless when Masvidal made a threatening gesture with throat slits at his rival.
In business terms, 36-year-old Masvidal has used his recent foray into the spotlight to start his own MMA promotion.
Famous early in his career for his backyard brawls with the legendary Kimbo Slice, Masvidal works for the company with hip-hop artist Anuel AA. The promotion is called “Gamebred Fighting Championship”.
“[Anuel AA and I] have teamed up to bring you the most vicious fights we can imagine from Bare Knuckle MMA, ”Masvidal wrote on a social media post.
“That’s right, no gloves are the same and the first fight will be in Miami on June 25th.”
Masvidal’s promotion has reportedly signed a year-long broadcast contract with Bare Knuckle TV to show its content.