JORGE MASVIDAL called Kamaru Usman a “coward” ahead of the pair’s title fight at UFC 251 and said: “I can’t wait to “break his face.”
The American agreed to step in at the last minute for Fight Island’s first main event on Saturday, following Gilbert Burns’ positive coronavirus test.
Masvidal, 35, had initially been passed over for a crack at welterweight champ Usman, 33, following a contract dispute with the UFC.
But following Burns’ misfortune Masvidal will get his chance after all, and the “BMF” belt holder can’t wait to get into the octagon.
He told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani: “I’m happy, more than anything, because I get to break this guy’s face, then get paid for it.”
And asked why he appears to dislike Usman so much, Masvidal didn’t hold back.
He said: “Have you not seen him speak, how he speaks about everybody?
“Everything’s just negativity and downplaying people.
“A wise man said this quote to me, and he broke it down in a much better way than I can break it down, but listen: [Some people say] ‘I’m going to dim your light to make mine brighter.’ No, I’m just going to make my light as bright as I can.
“[Usman has] constantly been throwing disses at me for a while. I just don’t believe anything he says. I know the coward that he is.
Now you don’t know who I am? You’re fake as f***.
“I’ve known this guy for quite some time in South Florida.
“He’s a guy who was coming up, asking for pictures [with me]four or five years ago. Now you’re this thug life guy? I don’t believe it, man.”
Usman infamously claimed to not know who Masvidal was, despite having been sitting ringside for his unforgettable five-second KO of Ben Askren.
And addressing the comments, Masvidal was equally scathing.
He continued: “Now you don’t know who I am? You’re fake as f***.
“On our given date, I’m going to prove to the world just how not real you are.”
After the significant scare of Burns’ withdrawal, all seems well for UFC 251 – with Masvidal and his team having all tested negative for Covid-19.