Kamaru Usman shows respect to Jorge Masvidal

There is no more trash talk between UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and challenger Jorge Masvidal.

Upon the sound of the final horn, Usman (17-1 MMA, 12-0 UFC) and Masvidal (35-13 MMA, 12-6 UFC) shook hands and exchanged well-wishes.

At a post-fight news conference, Usman praised Masvidal and further voiced his respect for the “BMF” champion.

“It’s just mutual respect,” Usman said. “It’s hard not to respect a man when you spend 25 minutes in that Octagon punching each other in the face. Yeah, it’s just mutual respect. We both feel that we’ll do it again. Absolutely. I would like more time to prepare for a guy like that and really be able to dominate in the way that I want to – picking my spots and try to get that finish standing.”

Usman’s received two 50-45 scorecards from the judges (the other was a 49-46).

At the news conference, Usman disagreed with the notion that it was fair criticism, saying his critics should try to do what he just did.

“Maybe they need to get in there and fight Jorge Masvidal for 25 minutes, then say something,” Usman said. “… Well, that’s the thing. There was a time where people starting hating Floyd Mayweather because he was so dominant. Floyd, his defense was so good. He was just so good at what he did. We can agree on that. He was so good at what he did. Everyone is like, “Oh that’s boring. He’s not fighting,” because they didn’t see a bar fight.”

“We’re risking our lives in there. We’ve trained. What’s the point of training each and every day and then go in there and just slugging around, taking punches?”

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