Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman says he has more tools in his toolbox after retaining his title with a unanimous decision victory over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi in the early hours of Sunday .
Masvidal, who was drafted in to face Usman at just six days ’ notice after the Brazilian Gilbert Burns tested positive for COVID – 19, ultimately couldn ’ t find an answer to Usman ’ s powerful wrestling game .
Usman’ s gritty display earned him scores of 50- 45, 50- 45 , 49- 46 from the three judges after five gruelling rounds.
“ Jorge is a tough guy and I give him credit for that , ” said Usman .
“ They call him ‘ Gamebred’ for a reason – he ’ s always game to fight .
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“ I’ m just a level better .
I have more tools in the toolbox . ”
Usman ’ s victory improved his record to 17- 1 and extended his winning streak to 16 fights in the UFC .
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