Stephen Thompson not counting out ‘animal’ Jorge Masvidal, however selecting Kamaru Usman to retain title at UFC 261
Stephen Thompson will definitely be watching this weekend’s welterweight title combat. Actually, he’ll be in Jacksonville, Fla., himself.
UFC 261 takes place this Saturday on the VyStar Veterans Memorial Enviornment and is headlined by the rematch between champion Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal. Usman retained the title through unanimous determination of their first assembly on simply six days’ discover at UFC 251 this previous July.
Thompson is getting ready for his personal combat, as he’s scheduled to face Gilbert Burns at UFC 263 on July 10. “Wonderboy” advised MMA Preventing he might be within the Sunshine State on Saturday to nook his brother-in-law Chris Weidman in his middleweight primary card bout towards Uriah Corridor.
With regards to the principle occasion, Thompson, who has already confronted, defeated, and drawn an curiosity from Masvidal for a future rematch, admits he’s wish to see the 170-pound division get shuffled up a bit with a victory by the challenger, however he doesn’t see it occurring.
“I imply, on paper, sure [I’m picking Usman to win again],” Thompson advised MMA Preventing whereas showing on What the Heck. “After all, there’s one thing in me the place it will be cool to have one thing throw issues round somewhat bit extra, to make issues extra thrilling. I believe it will be cool if Masvidal wins, however I obtained Usman.”
Following his dominant determination win over Geoff Neal in the principle occasion of UFC Vegas 17 in December, Thompson hoped he can be subsequent to problem Usman for the title after his most up-to-date title protection towards Burns at UFC 258. The 38-year-old understands why the UFC went with the rematch with Masvidal and is actually joyful that he will get to face within the blue nook for the primary time in fairly awhile towards the upper ranked Burns this summer season.
Whereas Thompson is selecting Usman to defeat Masvidal as soon as extra, he’s actually not counting out “Gamebred,” whom he shared the cage with throughout a choice win at UFC 217.
“Masvidal stuffed [close to] 12 of Usman’s takedowns within the final combat, and I don’t suppose he began getting taken down till he obtained drained, and exhausted,” Thompson stated. “He’s getting a full camp in now and you understand he’s in nice form.
“A fired up Masvidal is no one to be enjoying with. I’m excited [to watch it], he can pull something off. Look what he’s completed up to now with flying kneeing dudes, TKOs Nate Diaz, knocked out Darren Until. The dude’s an animal and you may’t name him off.”