The reply is not any.
Since Masvidal (35-13 MMA, 12-6 UFC) stepped into Saturday’s headliner rather than Gilbert Burns to problem Usman (16-1 MMA, 11-Zero UFC) for the welterweight title, questions have lingered if “Gamebred” will put up the particular strap that was created for his struggle with Nate Diaz in November. It was promoted as a one-time factor main as much as the occasion, however Masvidal has made it a part of his id, and Usman has stated he needs it.
Usman thinks Masvidal’s belt is nugatory and nowhere as embellished because the official UFC championship in his possession. He stated he needs to take it from Masvidal, although, simply so he can “throw it within the closet” and take the “BMF” standing off his rival.
White revealed that Usman has proven an eagerness behind the scenes to have that stipulation added to the UFC 251 headliner, nevertheless it’s not taking place.
“It’s not on the road,” White informed TMZ. “Usman needs it to be on the road so unhealthy, he is not going to cease texting me saying, ‘I don’t perceive why this belt isn’t on the road. This man’s working round saying he’s the ‘BMF’ champ. I wish to squash all of it. He’s not going to win my title, and I’m going take his ‘BMF’ belt.’ Imagine me, Usman has not stopped terrorizing me about this. That was like a one-and-done, the ‘BMF’ title.”
Though the “BMF” belt is not going to be there for the taking, there are nonetheless large stakes. The UFC reserving Usman vs. Masvidal on such quick discover was a surprising transfer, particularly after the current contract dispute with Masvidal and logistical points that might’ve (and nonetheless might) intrude with the pair stepping within the octagon.
Regardless of the tensions between Masvidal and the UFC brass, it seems each at the moment are nearer to being on the identical web page. White praised Masvidal for taking the chance, and he admitted he now has an even bigger struggle than the unique UFC 251 headliner between Usman and Burns.
“It was sensible of Masvidal to slip in after Gilbert Burns examined optimistic,” White stated. “Gilbert Burns is the No. 1 ranked man on the planet. Nice struggle, it fell out. The struggle the individuals wish to see, the individuals’s struggle, is that this struggle. It was completely sensible of Masvidal to slip into this slot and take the struggle.”
UFC 251 takes place at Flash Discussion board in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Usman vs. Masvidal headlines the pay-per-view predominant card, which follows prelims on ESPN and ESPN+/UFC Battle Move.