On Friday, ahead of UFC 272‘s ceremonial weigh-ins, UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman offered his predictions and analysis of how he expects the main event between Covington (16-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) and Masvidal (35-15 MMA, 12-8 UFC) to unfold.
When asked if the fight were to reach the later rounds of the 25-minute-scheduled non-title fight, the champ sees one side being at a clear disadvantage.
“I don’t look good for Masvidal,” Usman said during the Q&A session. “I’m just being honest. If it goes into the later rounds, that means that Colby has somehow found a way to keep the fight going as long as he can, so I just don’t think that favors Masvidal.”
Usman has faced Masvidal and Covington twice, stopping both men in one of the two meetings. At UFC 245, Usman finished Covington by fifth-round TKO, and went the distance with him in the rematch at UFC 268. At UFC 251, Usman picked up a unanimous decision win over Masvidal and then won by second-round knockout in their second meeting.
Despite holding a total of four title fight victories over the two men, Usman could find himself sharing the cage once more in the near future with the winner of Saturday’s main event.
Check out Usman discuss more how he expects the fight to play out in the video above.
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