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4 Things You Might Not Know As Kamaru Usman Defends His World Title This Weekend

Nigeria's UFC welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman will put his world title on the line again this weekend on April 24 at the Jacksonville, Florida in UFC 261 main event. 

Olusolasportspedal takes a look at the four things you need to know as the Nigerian takes on Jorge Masvidal for the second time in his fourth title defence. 

1. Fourth title defence For Usman, eyes 14 straight victories  

In case you missed it, this fight will be Kamaru Usman's fourth title defence since he has crowned the welterweight champion 2 years ago, in March 2019. 

He defeated Tyronne Woodley in a unanimous decision to become the first Nigerian born to win the UFC title and he defeated Colby Covington in December of 2019 in his first title defence. 

Then came Masvidal in July 2020 with the unanimous decision before he TKO Gilbert Burns to take his straight wins to 17 in all and 13 in the UFC, the longest streak in the division

2. Who is Jorge Masvidal? 

He was born 36 years ago to a Cuban father and Peruvian mother but was raised in Maimi in the United States. 

Masvidal's father was later imprisoned for more than twenty years for manslaughter and drug trafficking. 

The Orthodox fighter has training in Boxing, Karate and Mixed Martial Art.  

He currently competes in the Welterweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He started fighting professionally in 2003 and holds the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history at 5 seconds.

The number ranked UFC welterweight fighter has 49 times, lost 14 times and won 35 times. The fighter who is also known as "Gamebird" style of fight is majorly Boxing and Kick Boxing. 

He has won 16 of 35 victories by knockout and 17 by decisions with 2 coming through the decision. 

Out of his 15 losses, 11 came through decision, one by knockout and two by submission. 

He is yet to win any world title and he a chance to win it in his fiftieth career fight against Usman on the 24th of April, 2021.

3. What has changed since their first fight 

Since Jorge Masvidal lost to Kamaru Usman, there have series of changes to the set up as it was before the first fight and second event. 

Masvidal got noticed of the fight with less than a week to the event after the withdrawal of Usman's opponent. So he claimed he couldn't be prepared enough for the fight as he has to shed 20 pounds in just six days.

This time he is not replacing anybody and he has more time to prepare for the fight come Sunday. 

The fans will be returning as well, in fact, 15, 000 fans will watch this fight at the ringside whose tickets have been sold out already. 

Usman has gone to defeat burns and garner more fight experience than Masvidal who is did not have a competitive fight since he lost to Usman. 

Cameroonian UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou will be in Kamaru Usman's corner for the title defence. Ngannou won his title last month with Kamaru in his corner and the Cameroonian is in for African brother solidarity and he is very happy to return the favour. 

4. The purse 

There is no official confirmation for the two fighters to take home after the fight but multiple sources confirm that there is a guaranteed sum of $700,000 for Usman and a bonus of $600,000 from Pay Per View estimating 1.3 million dollars.

While Masvidal should have a $500,000 guaranteed sum with a $400,000 bonus from the pay per view making an estimated total of 900 thousand dollars. 

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