Dustin Poirier reveals Jorge Masvidal has been training hard every day even when Kamaru Usman fight fell

Dustin Poirier reveals Jorge Masvidal has been training hard every day even when Kamaru Usman fight fell thumbnail

Jorge Masvidal would have you believe he has just six days to get in fighting shape for the biggest night of his career, but it appears he has never stopped preparing for Kamaru Usman. The 35-year-old was a last minute replacement in the main event at UFC 251 when challenger Gilbert Burns withdrew due to a positive coronavirus test. Getty Images – Getty Masvidal gets his very first shot at the welterweight title, taking the fight on very short notice Now Masvidal, in his 49th professional mixed martial arts fight has the opportunity to win gold as Usman will put his welterweight title on the line in Abu Dhabi. And Dustin Poirier has witnessed first hand the level of training Masvidal has been putting in having trained with him ahead of his fight with Dan Hooker in June. “It’s short notice because he didn’t have a contract, but let me tell you something – this guy was there for my whole training camp,” he told Teddy Atlas. “He was my main sparring partner and we probably put in five weeks of sparring together. He flew in the best wrestlers in the world, he put them up and they were there just for Jorge.” Getty UFC welterweight champion Usman is known for his skills as a wrestler and Masvidal has been flying in elite wrestlers to train for him, according to Poirier Masvidal was the preferred choice to headline on 11 July, but he wasn’t happy with the offer on the table and the deal collapsed, with Burns initially replacing him. Poirier, though, recalls a man who never stopped training. “Even when the fight fell through at the end of my training camp and [the UFC] gave it to Burns, Jorge was still in the gym every day like he had a fight. “I don’t know if he knew something we didn’t, but the guy was in there the whole time and never stopped. I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people with the kind of shape he’s in and his timing is going to be good because he was in my camp the whole time. “He’s in fight shape. This isn’t a guy coming off the couch. “He was preparing to fight Usman, it fell through and he kept training.” Masvidal posted a picture of himself in Rome en route to Abu Dhabi from America He appeared to tuck into an entire pizza just days before the biggest fight of his career In the end, Masvidal and his team received the SOS call from the UFC when Burns tested positive and an agreement was reached. “We had to break them down,” Masvidal told ESPN when asked how his deal with the UFC came together on short notice. “That’s why some people don’t seem too happy that we’re announcing it, they didn’t want to talk about it too much. You can see it in their faces over their anger and anguish,” adding he knows the money he can generate. He has been attempting to play mind games with Usman since agreeing to the fight and even joked about stopping over in Rome to eat pizza en route to Yas Island, claiming he still has 20Ibs to lose. “I’m taking the fight on six days notice. When they made the fight official I weighed 191 pounds but I can lose that weight. “I’ve been doing this a long time, it won’t be the first time I have to cut a crazy amount of weight at short notice, and like I’ve always said God has my back so I’ve got no worries.” @mikebrownmma (Instagram) Mike Brown will NOT be in Masvidal’s corner at UFC 251 after contracting COVID-19 Dana White drops incredible promo for Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 on Yas Island The Miami native was dealt a big blow ahead of Saturday when it was revealed his coach, Mike Brown, will not be there on Saturday because he tested positive for COVID. Brown was due to fly to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi from Las Vegas on Monday after travelling from ATT headquarters in Coconut Creek, Florida. He was required to provide a negative coronavirus test before departing, as per the UFC’s requirements, but will now miss out. “Just heartbroken I’m not going to see Jorge win the world championship in person,” the 44-year-old told journalist Ariel Helwani. “Nobody has paid more dues. “Jorge is also one of the most thoughtful athletes I have ever met. He makes everyone feel they are with him and a huge part of this journey.” You can watch all the action from UFC 251 live on BT Sport 1 from midnight on Saturday night,

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: