KAMARU USMAN is still the UFC’s welterweight champion following a brutal second-round knockout of Jorge Masvidal.
The Nigerian Nightmare rematched the fan favourite in the early hours of the morning in the main event of UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Usman dominated the pair’s first meeting last July in the inaugural Fight Island main event.
And Africa’s first UFC champion did just that in his second clash with Gamebred, who he knocked out with a sickening overhand right.
Usman took the centre octagon from the get-go in a bid to establish his dominance, but he was met with inside and outside low kicks.
Gamebred looked to utilise feints to set up his strikes but ended up eating a big right hand.
Usman managed to bring the fight to his realm following a flying knee attempt – although he was unable to do any damage before Masvidal made his way back up to his feet.
The champ was less aggressive following the restart, opting to be more methodical with his strikes.
Kamaru Usman knocked Jorge Masvidal out cold in their rematch
Kamaru Usman finishes off a fallen Jorge MasvidalCredit: Getty
And a beautiful one-two combination sent Masvidal hurtling to the canvas.
Usman didn’t waste the opportunity to close the show, battering Masvidal with a flurry of hammerfists to separate him from consciousness and forcing referee Herb Dean to call a halt to proceedings.
In his post-fight interview, a fired-up Usman said: “Y’all said you wanted violence? You’re welcome!”
But he was quick to give MMA vet Masvidal his props, saying: “First and foremost, I just want to say, no disrespect, thank you to my man Jorge.
“You elevated me. You made me – it’s been a while since I’ve been extremely nervous for fights.
“But he elevated me and made me go to the workshop and I had to sharpen up my tools to come out and put on a performance like that.
An elated Kamaru Usman leaves Jorge Masvidal in a heap after knocking him out coldCredit: Getty
Kamaru Usman celebrates his stunning victory over Jorge MasvidalCredit: Getty
“I told everybody I’m still getting better. I’m still getting better! You know, the sky is the limit for me as long as I’m doing this.”
Masvidal was crestfallen in his post-fight interview but was quick to give Usman his just dues.
He said: “The first time in my career and it’s in front of all my people; my family my friends.
“It hurts. I’ve never been knocked out in 50 pro fights.
“Usman showed me something that he didn’t show in the first fight. And that’s what happens when you get over confident.
“I thought we were gonna wrestle more. I was ready to wrestle 25 minutes. All the props to him in the world, he caught me by surprise.
“He’s got my number, man. There ain’t nothing I can say. But he won this fair and square a god bless him, man.”
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