Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal - 7/11/20 UFC 251 Pick and Prediction
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Jorge Masvidal vs. Kamaru Usman
Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 11:45 PM (Yas Island Beach)
The Line: Jorge Masvidal +260 / Kamaru Usman -310 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal face off for the welterweight belt at UFC 251 which will take place at UFC’s Fight Island in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates. Like the last few events, there will be no fans in attendance for this event. Usman is the defending champion while Masvidal is the third-ranked contender. This fight was originally supposed to be Usman against Gilbert Burns, but Burns had to pull out.
Kamara Usman has a 16-1 record since turning pro and since entering the UFC he has a perfect 11-0 record. Each of Usman’s last two fights have had a belt on a line and he was able to come out on top. The Nigerian Nightmare’s last fight in December of 2019 against Colby Covington. In that fight, Usman, outstruck Covington 175-143 and late in round five he finally had worn him down enough that he came away with a knockout win.
Usman does a good job of attacking his opponents' weaknesses and he likes to get the fight to the ground, but in the last fight he didn’t have any takedowns and still won. Usman is averaging 4.60 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.17 significant strikes per minute. Usman is also averaging 3.44 successful takedowns every 15 minutes.
Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal finally is getting his title shot, but it’s on short notice, and that could be a problem. One thing to remember with Masvidal is this isn’t the first time he has taken a fight on short notice though.
Coming into this fight, Masvidal has won three fights in a row, and each of them has been ultra-impressive. Nate Diaz, Ben Askren, and Darren Till were the last three fights, and each of those fights were by knockout.
Masvidal is averaging 4.33 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.94 significant strikes per minute. Masvidal is also averaging 1.70 successful takedowns every 15 minutes, and he stops 78 percent of those attempts.
The short notice fight for Masvidal is a bit concerning but the value is just too much to ignore. Masvidal hunts the knockout, and he is going to get the job done in this game. Look for Masvidal to finish this fight and cash the plus money ticket.