Jorge Masvidal says he will return the favor to Kamaru Usman after Saturday night at UFC 261.
In the main event of the pay-per-view card, Masvidal and Usman are set to have a rematch. The two fought at UFC 251 in July on Fight Island, where “Gamebred” took the fight on six days’ notice. Although Usman won the fight clearly, both men expressed interest in running it back and they will on Saturday night.
According to Masvidal, once he beats Usman on Saturday, he says he will give the champ an immediate rematch as they will be 1-1 against one another.
“Definitely, (I’ll give him a rematch if I win),” Masvidal told reporters at the UFC 261 pre-fight news conference (via MMAJunkie). “He game me a chance. Whether we see eye-to-eye on things or not, he game me another chance to compete, so I’ll definitely give him another chance to compete again.”
Jorge Masvidal is also extremely confident in himself as he says not having to cut so much weight will be a factor. Also, having a full training camp to prepare will also be beneficial for him.
“Not having to cut 20 pounds in six days means a lot to me,” Masvidal said. “Last time, all the energy I wasted cutting weight is going to be spent in putting a finish on him.”
However, despite Masvidal saying he will give Usman an immediate rematch, Dana White isn’t so sure. Instead, he says he will have to see how Saturday night plays out. There are other contenders in Gilbert Burns, Stephen Thompson, Leon Edwards, and Colby Covington.
“I don’t know. We have to see how the fight plays out,” White told MMA Junkie. “A lot of things factor in on if a fight gets made – injuries and personal things. So I don’t know. We’ll see how Saturday plays out.”
Regardless, Jorge Masvidal is expecting Bruce Buffer to say “And New” on Saturday.