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The Rock Previews Masvidal vs. Usman UFC Title Fight

July 11, 2020 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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ESPN released an interview where Megan Olivi chats with former WWE Superstar, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, to preview tonight’s UFC 251 title clash between Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman. You can check out a video of that chat and Rock previewing Usman vs. Masvidal below.

Previously, The Rock appeared at UFC 244 for Masvidal’s symbolic “BMF Title” match against Nate Diaz. The Rock also presented the title to Masvidal after he won the match via a third round TKO due to a doctor’s stoppage. During his ESPN interview, The Rock noted that he and Masvidal have ties going back to Miami. He stated on the BMF champ:

“Jorge and I, we have ties going back to Miami. I’ve been in Miami, South Florida since I was 18 years old. I played for the University of Miami — best school in the country! But that’s besides the point. Also, the legend of Jorge Masvidal is very real down in Miami. He started in street fighting but then also honed his skills. So yes, he’s been around a very long time. He’s done a lot of these rodeos, but I think something very interesting happened. And the fans felt this as well, the company felt this too as well, and I think everybody around Jorge felt this. It’s like when somebody makes a distinct decision, the world views me in one way. I want them to view me and interpret me now in a different way. And there’s a few things that have to happen. So mentally, he changed. When his mentality changed, his energetic shift changed, and then physically it all changed, and it all just came together. And I think timing of it too because timing is everything, especially as you know, when it comes to things like this, especially in sports. Timing came together great. I think the world was ready for this iteration of Jorge Masivdal and this awakening if you will. And the bottom line is the guy went out and proved it.”

UFC 251 is scheduled for later today at UFC Fight Island on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island. The fight card will be available live on pay-per-view through ESPN+. Prelims will be shown on ESPN, ESPN+, and UFC Fight Pass.