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Daniel Cormier: If anyone can beat Kamaru Usman, it’s Jorge Masvidal

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Daniel Cormier gives his take on the UFC 261 headliner between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal.

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With a full training camp behind his belt, Daniel Cormier thinks Jorge Masvidal has every chance of beating Kamaru Usman in their upcoming championship rematch at UFC 261.

Masvidal lost to Usman on less than a weeks’ notice at UFC 251, and ‘DC’ thinks the training camp will make a huge difference in the rematch but says ‘Gamebred’ will have to fight the ‘perfect fight’.

“I think that we’re gonna see a much better fight between these two,” Cormier said on ESPN’s DC & Helwani program (h/t Clyde Aidoo of MMA News). “Is Jorge good enough to close the gap? I don’t know. It’s a tall hill to climb, man. Usman is as good as they come and Masvidal is going to have to fight the absolute perfect fight in order to beat him. But if anybody has that ability, it’s Jorge Masvidal.”

Usman coasted to victory against Masvidal last year, using his wrestling to neutralize the latter’s offense. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has since defended his welterweight title with a stunning TKO victory over Gilbert Burns while Masvidal hasn’t fought in almost a year.

UFC 261: Usman vs. Masvidal 2 takes place this Saturday, April 24 at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.