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Nigerian Boxer, Kamaru Beats Masdival to Retain UFC Championship

Kamarudeen ‘Kamaru’ Usman has defeated famed American, Jorge Masdival in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to retain the undisputed UFC Welterweight Championship.The match which went down in Jacksonville County before no less than 15, 000 spectators was worth the time and the dime.This was actually a rematch, after Masdival lost the last bout between the two after five intense rounds.The 36-year-old American had hoped to get revenge on the 33-year-old Auchi-born Nigerian. But it wasn’t to be on the night.The first round was fairly even but Usman won it after he managed to deliver a great shot which landed Jorge on the the ropes.

“I told everybody, I’m still getting better. The sky’s the limit for me as long as I’m doing this,” he said.

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

Masvidal was classy in defeat as he reacted to the first knockout loss of his 50-fight MMA career.

“First time in my career, and it’s in front of all my people, my family and my friends, so it hurts,” he said.

“I’ve never been knocked out in 50 pro fights. Usman showed me something that he didn’t show in the first fight. I didn’t feel his power, and that’s what happens when you get overconfident. I thought we were going to wrestle more.

“All the props to him in the world. He caught me by surprise. He’s got my number. There’s nothing I can say. He won this fair and square. God bless him.”

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