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Kamaru Usman retains his MMA welterweight title

Kamaru Usman retains his MMA welterweight title

Nigerian-American mixed martial arts (MMA) champion, Kamaru Usman, preserved his welterweight title by defeating Cuban-American hopeful Jorge Masvidal, in the UFC 251 tournament, organized by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on an island. from Abu Dhabi.

At “Fight Island,” a site completely closed until the end of the event on July 26 on Yas Island, Usman seemed cooler than his rival, who replaced at the last minute Brazilian Gilbert Burns, who was banned from traveling after having tested positive for COVID-19.

“I am at the top of the mountain and everyone is looking at me,” declared the 33-year-old champion, the unanimous winner of the three judges.

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The UFC left its Las Vegas base to settle in Abu Dhabi and thus isolate its fighters. Safety was a major motivation, as well as the need for the promoter to continue organizing and having income, after the health crisis that has altered the agenda of sporting events in the world.

In the other UFC 251 bouts, Australian featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski struggled to retain his points title against Hawaiian Max Holloway, whom he had removed the belt from in December.

Russian Petr Yan, meanwhile, conquered the vacant bantamweight title by defeating former Brazilian world champion José Aldo by technical KO. Afp (HN)

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