Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal might not be happening.
The two welterweights have been linked to a contest for some time, with a title fight between the two likely making up one of the biggest contests on the UFC’s 2020 calendar. According to UFC president Dana White, however, other opportunities may have arisen for both men.
“We’re talking about a few different things,” White said, speaking to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “We have something else interesting for Masvidal too that we were just talking about yesterday. We’ll see. We’ll see how this whole thing plays out. Locations, how fast — you know, to start speculating down the road right now is too soon. Let’s get by these three fights in Florida and then we’ll figure out what’s next.
“But yeah, we’re talking about different possibilities with those guys.”
Masvidal is coming off one of the hottest streaks in mixed martial arts, having finished Darren Till, Ben Askren and Nate Diaz last year. For Usman, he enters his next contest after an exceptional performance over Colby Covington, whom he stopped in the fifth round of their December clash.
Masvidal and Usman have made no bones about their mutual dislike for each other, and were physically separated at a media event in Miami earlier this year.