The welterweight title rematch is on the line between the champion Kamaru Usman and the challenger Jorge Masvidal, last time these two fought, Usman dominated Masvidal for five rounds to earn the victory but now with a full camp, Masvidal is sure looking to make the most out of this opportunity.
There has been a lot of bad blood between these two and now Usman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has something to say about Masvidal, in a recent interview with MMA Junkie he said, “I listened to some interviews, and Masvidal called him a coward. I don’t think any of these guys are cowards. I don’t think Masvidal is a coward, I don’t think Usman is a coward, none of these guys are cowards.”
Ali continued, “How are you gonna call a guy a coward who gave you an opportunity on six days’ notice and now giving you a second opportunity? If he’s a coward, he should run away from you, right? But realistically, people say things to promote fights. It is what it is, but Kamaru is the furthest thing from being a coward. He’s a real man.”
“You have to thank him because he’s gonna get paid fighting Kamaru,” says Ali Abdelaziz
He pointed out Usman’s previous bouts against Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal and how he dominated them, he said, “Colby (Covington), he talked all that sh*t. You see what happened to him.”
Abdelaziz added, “Even Masvidal, he got dominated 50-44. It’s the reason why we put you in there. Dan Lambert knows. I talked to Dan Lambert, and he knows Kamaru chose (Masvidal). You know why? He’s a guy who brings in eyeballs. He did a great job creating a good hype.”
“But listen, he’s 3-3 in his last six. Kamaru is 17-0 in his last 17 fights,” says Ali Abdelaziz. “13-0 in the UFC. You cannot call this man a coward. You have to thank him because he’s gonna get paid fighting Kamaru. Losing to Kamaru is great. He’s the champ; he’s supposed to beat you. But losing to Colby or Leon Edwards, you lose street credit.”