The UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman retained his title after beating Jorge Masvidal via
unanimous decision at UFC 251 Fight Island in Abu Dhabi on Sunday (July 12)
The judges found Kamaru Usman too strong as they scored the fight 50-45 50-45 and 49-46 in his favor,
allowing the Nigerian-American to equal Khabib Nurmagomedov’s record of 12 consecutive UFC wins.
The first round saw a flurry of knees by Masvidal but an accidental clash of heads cut open the challenger.
He still looked to take the round but from then on the champ stepped up to take control.
Usman took the second as both fighters stayed on their feet throughout, although Gamebred was cut again
after another head clash. Masvidal suffered cuts to both eyes after accidental head clashes
The gashes above each eye were causing the BMF king trouble and he began to look tired in the third as he lost another round after good clinch work by Usman. He was not winning many fans with his style,
but the Nigerian Nightmare continued to control the fourth, leaving Masvidal needing to go for the finish in the championship round.
But Usman imposed his will and scored a big takedown, firing in the elbows to keep Masvidal on the mat.
He eventually managed to get back to his feet and desperately tried for a finish with a late flurry but Usman evaded the danger to get the unanimous decision.