Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman defends his belt against Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC 251. The Nigerian-born star was originally due to fight Gilbert Burns but the challenger withdrew after a positive coronavirus test.
Masvidal has stepped in as Burns’ replacement in what will be the first title bout of his 17-year mixed martial arts career.
Usman, though, is unfazed by the late switch.
“He took the fight on short notice but let’s not think he hasn’t been training for this,” Usman said.
“He has to train for one guy and that’s me and I was training for a completely different guy.
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“Every time you step in as a champion you’re going to feel pressure but champions are able to get over that.
“A fight is a fight, I’m going to get in there and do what I do.”
Usman has won 16 of his 17 MMA bouts as he looks to make a second successful defence of his welterweight crown.
And his last two fights, in particular, have seen him take home some impressive figures.
Usman earned $590,000 for his UFC 245 title victory over Colby Covington in December.
That included a guaranteed purse of $500,000, with $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus and $40,000 fight week incentive pay.
His previous fight at UFC 235 saw him earn $380,000 after beating Tyron Woodley.
Usman’s purse is likely to be in the region of $500,000 for the clash against Masvidal at UFC 251.
According to Sportekz, Usman has an overall net worth is estimated at $2.5m.
Reach: 76 inches
– By knockout: 7
– By submission: 1
– By decision: 8
Fighting out of: Delray Beach, Florida
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