Current UFC Welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman is all set and ready to go for his big fight at UFC 258. The champion will be defending his welterweight title against three-time World champion and World cup gold medalist, Gilbert Burns. Both the champs are set to fight against each other 14th of February at the UFC Apex, Las Vegas.
Kamaru Usman is coming off a win against Jorge Masvidal at the UFC 251. The champion has an amazing record of 17-1-0. His Brazilian rival, Burns has a record of 19-3-0. Gilbert Burns is coming off an impeccable 6 match winning streak. His recent victory was against Tyron Woodley last May.
Gilbert and Kamaru are former-teammates and friends from the past. Usman has been accused of several narratives about his falling off with his old teammates and coach. Usman left his former team based in Florida to begin working with head coach Trevor Wittman and his fighters, which included Interim Lightweight Champion, Justin Gaethje.
Kamaru was asked about the narratives circulating him for leaving his former team and he decided to clear it all off. “All in all, it came to a point where certain points in your career, you need certain things to be able to grow,” Usman explained.
“Over time, I felt like I needed a little something. I needed a little more. It’s kind of tough to get that when you’re on a team with 30 guys and your coaches are gone every other week, mid-week. It makes it tough for your to get that personal attention that you need to get in order to stay on top.”, Kamaru said.
“I see no face when I step in there,” says Kamaru Usman on his mindset in the Octagon
Usman has sought after a new team and coach. Kamaru Usman has bonded well with Wittman as his head coach. The champion is satisfied with the individual attention he receives in his new camp in Colorado. “I’m the type of guy, I’m going to come to work,” Usman explained when detailing his relationship with his new head coach.
Usman also compares his other fights to the Burns fight ahead of him, “I will say it’s definitely different because you’ve felt them. You know the areas where you kind of had the upper hand and they know that as well,” Usman said. “You know the areas where they’re strong. So it makes it a little different. At the end of the day with me, when it comes to me, I see no face. I didn’t pick him out of a line up and say ‘this is the guy I’m going to take out.’
Usman is very confident ahead of his fight and is ready to go “Savage” inside the Octagon.