All trash discuss apart, Kamaru Usman is aware of he higher be prepared.

The UFC welterweight champion defends his title for a second time in a bout with Jorge Masvidal in the primary occasion of Saturday’s UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi.

Usman (16-1 MMA, 11-Zero UFC) is going through one of many largest stars within the UFC. The eye and buzz that Masvidal generates may take a number of the main target, however Usman is ensuring he stays trustworthy with the duty at hand.

“He’s one of the best out of each one in all (my previous opponents),” Usman advised reporters from Abu Dhabi at Thursday’s UFC 251 digital media day. “He’s one of the best. He’s the subsequent man in entrance of me. He’s the hardest man in entrance of me, so I don’t take him calmly. I’m going on the market with all my ideas, the thought that he’s one of the best opponent that I’ve confronted right now, and I’ve to go on the market and deal with him accordingly.”

Masvidal was not speculated to battle Usman at UFC 251. The unique reserving was with Gilbert Burns, however the Brazilian examined constructive for COVID-19 late final week and wasn’t allowed to compete, giving Masvidal the chance to step in as a late substitute.

Usman thinks this was the precise battle to make, anyway, and believes the primary occasion is now greater.

“Are you able to promote (expletive) to the followers?” Usman mentioned. “The followers know if in case you have somebody that’s worthy as a challenger. The truth that Jorge had such a tremendous 12 months in 2019 places him into that class to the place he’s the subsequent largest problem for me. I’m excited. I can’t wait. I believe that is the battle that folks wished, and it’s the battle that persons are getting.”

Though Usman considers Masvidal the largest problem he’s ever confronted, the Nigerian fighter feels assured coming into UFC 251, as that’s the job of a champion.

“On the finish of the day, Masvidal is the largest, baddest opponent that I’ve ever confronted as much as this date,” Usman mentioned. “They’re speculated to make a giant deal out of that as a result of he’s no slouch. I do know that he’s robust. I do know that he presents a special problem, however thats my job. That’s why I’m a champion. That’s why I’m on prime.

“We’ve seen beforehand, my earlier opponent mentioned that he was going to depart me out on a stretcher identical to Masvidal. He mentioned that they are going to depart me in a pool of my very own blood and that they’d carry me out on a stretcher. My opponent earlier than that, Tyron Woodley, mentioned if it got here to wrestling, he’d kick my ass. If it got here to jiu-jitsu, he’d break my arm. If it got here to placing, he’d knock me out. And we noticed how all that turned out. So , that’s the story they are saying simply to attempt to construct themselves up and hype themselves up. However in a short time, once they step in there, their goals of being champion flip into nightmares shortly.”