Kamaru Usman Opens as Betting Favorite in Potential Jorge Masvidal Rematch

Usman Favorite Over Masvidal

  • UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman opens as the -300 betting favorite in a potential Jorge Masvidal rematch.
  • Usman is coming off a 3rd round TKO win over Gilbert Burns at UFC 258.
  • The Nigerian Nightmare demanded for a rematch against Masvidal after beating Burns.

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman wants a rematch with Jorge Masvidal. If the Nigerian Nightmare gets his wish, then he will head to that fight as a sizeable betting favorite to beat Masvidal again.

Online sportsbook BetOnline was among the first UFC betting sites to open the odds for the potential welterweight title fight rematch. And according to BetOnline, Usman is a -300 odds on favorite to beat Masvidal, who was pegged at +250 when the lines first opened. This means that in order to win $100 on Usman, backers will have to fork out $300 for the champion. Meanwhile, a $100 bet on the UFC’s Street Jesus will yield a $250 payout if the challenger upsets Usman.

Most Consecutive Wins in UFC Welterweight History

With his win over Gilbert Burns last weekend at UFC 258, Usman not only retained the UFC welterweight title and successfully defended his belt for a third straight time, but he also set the record for the longest winning streak in UFC welterweight history with 13 consecutive wins.

Usman also tied Khabib Nurmagomedov’s record for second-most wins to start a UFC career and he is just three away from tying the all-time record of 16 set by Anderson Silva. With the way he’s decimated all comers, it won’t be a surprise if Usman breaks Silva’s record soon.

The champion has looked invincible since capturing the belt against Tyron Woodley at UFC 235. He has beaten the current no. 1 to no. 4 welterweight contenders including three in his three title defenses. He’s knocked out two of them and blanked the third one in the scorecards. With that kind of dominance, there’s no reason why the best UFC betting sites favor the champion heavily in a Masvidal rematch.

Putting Masvidal in a Coffin

Usman has promised to put Masvidal in a coffin in UFC President Dana White gives him the rematch. It can be recalled that Usman defeated Masvidal easily at UFC 251 last year at Fight Island. However, Gamebred made it to the final bell and has been bragging about his exploits ever since.

Masvidal took the fight on less than a week’s notice because Usman’s original opponent, Gilbert Burns, had to pull out of the fight due to COVID-19. Despite being a late replacement, Masvidal somehow broke Usman’s nose and has been bragging about that on social media. According to Masvidal, if he could break Usman’s nose on six day’s notice, he could do much more if he fought the champ with a full camp. Of course, Usman doesn’t agree.

That’s why he wants Masvidal again, instead of facing other deserving contenders like Covington, Edwards, or even no. 5 ranked Stephen Thompson. While any of those three guys would make sense, UFC boss White seems to be on board with an Usman-Masvidal rematch and if the chatter is correct, the two could end up coaching against each other at the next TUF season scheduled to begin in March. Masvidal has not fought since losing to Usman at UFC 251 so you have to wonder what his chances are against the red hot Usman.

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