Usman defeated Masvidal via unanimous to retain his welterweight title in the main event of UFC's first-ever 'Fight Island' show.
'The Nigerian Nightmare' turned in an efficient performance against Masvidal but fans were left less than impressed with his tactics.
Usman constantly attacked the feet of 'Gamebred' throughout all five rounds and the strategy was frowned upon by viewers at home.
"Kamaru Usman is the undisputed champion of foot stomps!"@Peety_Editor thinks Kamaru Usman missed an opportunity to become a star in the UFC against Jorge Masvidal :eyes: #OpenMat pic.twitter.com/Tn346myPbb
- UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) July 12, 2020
The 33-year-old remained in control throughout but he didn't win any new supporters by the end of the night.
Why am I laughing at usman stomping on Jorge's feet :joy::joy::joy:
- Valerie Loureda (@valerielouredaa) July 12, 2020
The stomping of the feet, Usman's a bitch
- Wendy Espinosa (@espinosaawendy) July 12, 2020
My take away is that Usman was afraid. He got 5 takedowns and only did damage with one of them. The rest of the fight he just leaned on the cage while stomping feet. #UsmanvsMasvidal pic.twitter.com/lqFMQH4Fya
- SOB Sportz (@SOB_Sportz) July 12, 2020
Every foot stomp is 10,000 less people buying the next Usman PPV #UFC251
- Rogan Schaub III :gem: (@RoganSchaub) July 12, 2020
If Usman did that toe stomp thing to me once I'd miss like a month of work.
- Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) July 12, 2020
Despite the criticism, Usman did manage to retain his title and extend his record to 12-0 in the UFC.
Following the fight, he paid tribute to Masvidal who stepped in as a last-minute replacement for Gilbert Burns who had tested positive for coronavirus.
"Gambred is the biggest, baddest dude out there right now and I had to switch gears to prepare for him on six weeks' notice," he began.
"I had to make a mental switch, I prepared for Gilbert, I had a completely different gameplay. Gambred is tough and he showed it out there.
"I think Jorge is tough. I've always said it. Jorge is a tough guy and I give him credit for that. I'm just a level better."
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