JORGE MASVIDAL has again refused to put his 'Baddest Mother F***er' belt on the line against Kamara Usman.
The American won the BMF belt after beating Nate Diaz in November 2019, in what Dana White insisted was a one-off attraction.
And when asked if he would defend the strap against rival Usman in their rematch, Masvidal flat out rejected the possibility.
He explained: "You gotta be a BMF to compete for that one, and this dude ain’t it."
But welterweight champion Usman, who beat Masvidal last July, seemed unfazed by the jibe.
He hit back: "What belt? There’s three belts, three shiny belts here. This is what’s important. Not that piece of s***."
Masvidal, 36, did not allow Usman, 33, to fight for the BMF belt when they initially clashed on Fight Island.
He took the headliner on just a week's notice but was later beaten on points – but was given six weeks to prepare for their rematch at UFC 261.
Masvidal said: "Not having to cut 20 pounds in six days means a lot to me.
"All the energy I wasted on cutting weight is going to be spent putting the finish on him."
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But again, Usman responded: “Let’s be honest, you got 14 losses in your career, seven in the UFC, you’re 3-3 in your last six, you are sitting there today because I chose you.
"I’m coming around the track and you’re the first guy that I’m about to lap. Period."
Having been offered a second opportunity to fight Usman, Masvidal admitted he would welcome a trilogy should he become the new champion.
He said: “Definitely, he gave me a chance.
“Whether we see eye-to-eye on things or not, he gave me another chance to compete, so I’ll definitely give him the chance to compete again.”
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