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Kamaru Usman And Jorge Masvidal’s Medical Suspensions Revealed After UFC 251 Clash

Kamaru Usman And Jorge Masvidal’s Medical Suspensions Revealed After UFC 251 Clash

Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal's medical suspensions have reportedly been revealed after their welterweight championship clash at UFC 251 last weekend.

The 33-year-old Nigerian-American star, who was making his second title defence, was initially scheduled to face Gilbert Burns at the event on 'Fight Island.'

But Burns was pulled out of the headline clash after testing positive for coronavirus and replaced by Masvidal on six days' notice.

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However, ESPN's Marc Raimondi now reports that the 'Nigerian Nightmare' has been handed down a 180-day suspension "due to the potential of a broken nose."

Usman, who is undefeated in UFC, could return to the octagon sooner should a doctor clear him after a nasal X-ray.

Masvidal, meanwhile, is reportedly set to receive a 30-day suspension due to a forehead laceration.

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What Jorge Masvidal Told Kamaru Usman After Defeat At UFC 251

"I want that damn belt, and I'm stubborn," Masvidal told ESPN.

"And I know I'm better than Usman, and I want to prove it. I want to fight again. I'm not going to take nothing from him; he won the first one. Let's do it again."

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However, UFC president Dana White has dismissed the idea that an immediate rematch between Masvidal and Usman could be set up.

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According to White, UFC is planning for Usman to defend his championship title against Burns next.

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Full UFC 251 Medical Suspensions Revealed As Kamaru Usman Faces Lengthy Suspension
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Full UFC 251 Medical Suspensions Revealed As Kamaru Usman Faces Lengthy Suspension

published at3 months ago

"He's the No 1 contender," the UFC chief told MMA Junkie.

"He's the No 1 ranked guy in the world. Yeah -- he's the No 1 guy in the world. The kid is hungry. He wants to fight. He wants to be a world champion -- and he's No 1.

"Yeah, that puts him in a pretty good spot."

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Topics: Jorge Masvidal, UFC News, MMA News, Gamebred, UFC 251, UFC, MMA, Kamaru Usman

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