Welterweight champ Usman faced off with Masvidal nine months ago on Fight Island at UFC 251. Masvidal was a short-notice replacement for Gilbert Burns, who tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to withdraw from the bout. Usman won a lopsided decision using his wrestling to neutralize Masvidal’s striking and then went on to stop Burns in his most recent appearance at UFC 258. Masvidal’s rematch with Usman marks his first appearance in the octagon since his title setback, which snapped a career-defining three-fight winning streak that included knockout wins over Darren Till, Ben Askren and Nate Diaz.
Usman aims to notch the fourth defense of his welterweight title, while Masvidal is gunning for his first major title since starting his career in 2003.
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