“I definitely learned things in the first fight that will help me in the rematch. The first thing being he hits not hard at all. He’s one of the softest hitters I’ve ever been in front of.”

And while Usman has criticized Masvidal’s motives for stepping in on short notice, citing his “built-in excuse” for a loss, the 36-year-old had some criticisms of his own of the champ, specifically in the way the fight ended.

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“There’s no way in hell with somebody who takes a six-days short notice fight with me that I’m gonna let them walk out of there conscious,” Masvidal said.

Criticisms aside, here we are, gearing up for the epic rematch between the owner of some of the most violent, jaw-dropping knockouts in mixed martial arts and the owner of the longest win streak in UFC welterweight history.