July 11th marked the date that UFC 251 unfolded in Abu Dhabi at Yas Island, an event highly desired amongst supported of the MMA competition. The headlining fight was against Kamaru Usman & Jorge Masvidal after a bitter rivalry often displayed for the public eye to witness. These two men were finally allowed to settle their differences in the octagon, with most anticipating that Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal would defeat Kamaru Usman & obtain the welterweight championship. The opposite would unfold, with the Nigerian Nightmare dominating over Gamebred to hold onto his championship belt.
This unexpected loss prompted influential celebrities & analysts in the MMA community to provide their thoughts on the Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal fight. Reporters looked towards a known friend of Masvidal, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Formally a WWE Champion, The Rock watched this bout will full intent & hope for seeing Jorge Masvidal acquire his 1st UFC Championship. It’s not surprising considering that Dwayne Johnson awarded Gamebred his BMF Title at UFC 244, which came after Masvidal dominated over Nate Diaz.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recalled his history with Masvidal, which originates back to Miami in the 1980s. Dwayne had heard about the legend of Jorge Masvidal while he attended the University of Miami. Stories of Gamebred from the 1980s recalled a street fighter that dominated all who tested his skillsets. This legend is similar to Kimbo Slice, another influential fighter from UFCs history.
Jorge Masvidal couldn’t acquire victory over Kamaru Usman, even after showing formidable strength with boxing combinations in the 1st round. Throughout the 2nd and 3rd rounds, the Nigerian Nightmare used his honed wrestling capabilities to overcome Masvidal. Dwayne Johnson remarked that either way, both these men went the distance & dug deep into their fighting souls. The Rock raised multiple glasses of tequila for these men while remarking on the late evening of July 11th to Jorge Masvidal that this loss will make him stronger & hungrier. Fans can only hope that Dwayne is correct.
Social Media Backlash
It should be clarified that multiple supporters for Jorge Masvidal have contested his loss through social media, which holds no significance with the UFC. Their remarks claim that Jorge Masvidal should’ve been provided with a longer-sustained timeframe for training, with eight days being too little against the Nigerian Nightmare. Masvidal had minor room to negotiate after machining enemies with the UFC President, Dana White. He’s lucky to have fought at all.