Belts on The Line
Who won Usman vs Masvidal?
Kamaru Usman beat Jorge Masvidal by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest, during the main event of UFC 251, on Saturday 11th July 2020 at UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Kamaru Usman.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Welterweight division, which meant the weight limit was 170 pounds (12.1 stone or 77.1 KG).
This contest was for the UFC welterweight championship.
Usman vs Masvidal stats
Kamaru Usman stepped into the ring with a record of 18 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 8 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Jorge Masvidal made his way to the ring with a record of 35 wins, 14 loses and 0 draws, with 16 of those wins by knock out and 2 by submission.
The stats suggested Masvidal had a slight advantage in power over Usman, with a 46% knock out percentage over Usman's 44%.
Kamaru Usman was the younger man by 3 years, at 33 years old.
Usman had a height advantage of 1 inch over Masvidal. That also extended to a 5-inch reach advantage.
Usman was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 30 less fights, and made his debut in 2012, 9 year and 6 months later than Masvidal, whose first professional fight was in 2003. He had fought 67 less professional rounds, 56 to Masvidal's 123.
Usman vs Masvidal form
Usman had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges 4 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Colby Covington on 14th December 2019 by knockout in the 5th round in their UFC Welterweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Tyron Woodley on 2nd March 2019 by unanimous decision in their UFC Welterweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had won against Rafael dos Anjos on 30th November 2018 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at The Pearl at the Palms, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had beat Demian Maia on 19th May 2018 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile.
He had defeated Emil Weber Meek on 14th January 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Scottrade Center, St. Louis, United States.
Jorge Masvidal had stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Nate Diaz at UFC 244 on 2nd November 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Ben Askren at UFC 239 on 6th July 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Darren Till at UFC on ESPN+ 5 on 16th March 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at 02 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Before that, he Stephen Thompson at UFC 217 on 4th November 2017 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
He Demian Maia at UFC 211 on 13th May 2017 by split decision in their 3 round contest at American Airlines Center, Dallas.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Kamaru Usman had been fighting more than Jorge Masvidal.
Going to this contest, Kamaru Usman had last fought 1 year, 4 months and 26 days ago, while Jorge Masvidal's last outing had been 1 year, 6 months and 8 days ago.
Usman's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 3 months and 26 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 30 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 23 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4.6 rounds on average.
Masvidal's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 11 months and 27 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 18 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.4 rounds on average.