Kamaru Usman (Mike Sloan/Sherdog.com)USMAN LOOKS TO PUT THE MASVIDAL CHATTER TO REST AT UFC 261 The MMA Corner Staff April 23, 2021 News The UFC feels like the gift that keeps on giving, with a seemingly unending list of premium fights on offer every event. We still have the images of Kamaru Usman’s show of force against Gilbert Burns, and it is still not out of memory what he did to Masvidal at UFC 251. With all that in mind, it will be familiar faces but more intentional and aggressive intentions when Usman meets Masvidal again at UFC 261. Both men have a deep dislike for each other’s guts, and the spirit of competition is now a quest for domination as the champion looks to put down his challenger for good. Ten events after 251, it will be the second clash of the Welterweight’s two dominant forces, and to make sure you do not miss out on the action that comes with fight night entertainment, click here and find yourself a bonus to give you leverage. Masvidal was on a roll before UFC 251, claiming three straight wins, including putting Nate Diaz out of commission. He had it all going for him, and his sights were on the title before Usman crashed his party and rained on his parade. Gamebred has over eight years of experience in the UFC and has only one dream now, to become the undisputed champion of the Welterweight division. The person in his way is the only man to beat him in three years, the champion. Kamaru Usman has three years less experience in the UFC than Masvidal but it has not stopped him from being the most dominant force in the Welterweight division and in the history of the promotion. Now defending his title for the fourth time, Usman has had to take down the likes of Colby Covington and Gilbert Burns along the way. Masvidal will be coming back for a second shot at someone who took him five rounds in their first fight. That should be Masvidal’s hope, knowing that he pushed Usman to five rounds, but the champion is used to going the distance. 50% of his fights have been won by decision. Coupled with the fact that he has a mean hit and can drop his opponent anytime he clicks, Usman is just as solid as they come. It will be personal for the champ as well, as Masvidal has been jiving in a way that pushed Usman to accept the fight, probably to put the chatter to bed. Two women titles will be up for grabs as well, as Namajunas challenges Zhang Weili for the Strawweight title, while Andrade goes after Shevchenko for the Flyweight title. At Middleweight, Chris Weidman will be looking to take some ascendency when he measures up to Uriah Hall. Running on three straight wins, Hall will be coming in on a high but almost a year removed from his last appearance in the octagon. Chris Weidman has only one win in his last three, and has been away from the ring for almost a year. This clash of veterans should still be fun.