Looking for Usman vs Masvidal Picks? We have you covered with our UFC 251 Predictions. This in many fight fans eyes is a super fight, as we have the Welterweight Champ taking on the “Baddest Mother F**cker” (BMF) belt. Yes, we’re aware that the BMF belt is more of a promotional title, however Masvidal is coming in with more fanfare than the champion. Here’s our Usman vs Masvidal predictions.
Kamaru Usman’s Path to Victory
The champion is undefeated and in his own words “a problem” for everyone in the welterweight division. With superior grappling and heavy hands, and an endless gas tank, there is not many holes in the champs game. Having the better ground game, it would make the most sense for “The Nigerian Nightmare” to take it to the ground and keep it there. The longer it stands, the more risk of a flash knockout from the challenger. Usman also has excellent clinch work, so that can be a backup in the unlikely case that he is unable to get it to the ground.
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Jorge Masvidal’s Path to Victory
It’s no secret as to what Masvidal’s game has always been. Turn it into a technical brawl and counter on the openings. It may look like Masvidal is a ‘stand and bang’ fighter, but there is a method to his madness. Draw you in and counter. And with “Gamebred’s” violent KO of grappling standout Ben Askren, via flying knee, we now see his answer to grappling specialist. Can he do that to the champ is another question though. Especially since Usman will be watching for knees on his takedown entries. Look for Masvidal to make it a fast paced striking game, as he has shown to be able to capitalize quickly in-between transitions.
Masvidal vs Usman Prediction
Kamaru Usman by fourth round TKO. With knockout artists like Masvidal, it’s a coin flip. But if you’re going to bet on this, Usman on paper is the safer bet. Unlike the champ, Masvidal is more accustomed to defeat, and has shown to have the smaller gas tank. Usman is relentless when he gets it to the ground, and I can envision a round four where the last minute opponent starts to fade. Usman, like the great GSP, has some nasty ground and pound, and will likely get a ref to waive it off once Masvidal shows any sign of slowing.