I realize that this is two negative posts in a row but I do not understand this fight at all! Usman won all five rounds of their first fight without much difficulty. It was also not a particularly exciting fight. I know Masvidal is a popular fighter and it is nice to see him get rewarded for taking their first fight on such short notice but I don’t think a return title shot is the move. He is jumping number one contender Colby Covington and number three contender Leon Edwards. Covington has a bad blood rivalry with Usman, had an extremely exciting fight with Usman and beat former champion Tyron Woodley following the Usman fight. I think that rematch is a more interesting title fight and is a match with a more intriguing angle. Their first fight was already good but the two wrestlers fought essentially a kickboxing fight as they stood up in all five rounds. It would be interesting to see the adjustments the two would make in facing each other at such a high level of wrestling, striking and conditioning. Masvidal is already opening as a big underdog showing what those in the know already expect in this bout. I watch Ariel and the Bad Guy weekly on ESPN+ and Chael Sonnen liked this fight based on a champion calling out his challenger. Normally it is the other way around and he feels this creates an interesting wrinkle and shows bad blood. For me I don’t care who calls out who and if there is bad blood if the fight is not a competitive matchmaking.
you know why they have a rematch? its because tbe fought, rematch is more logical than new bouts, and dana wants this, its money making fight
Do you see this fight playing out any different from the first fight?