Kamaru Usman is excited to complete his trilogy of Leon Edwards.
Last Saturday, the former UFC welterweight champion hit a stunning last-minute header in the challenger’s first finish. The loss was his first in the UFC and the second of his career, but Usman remained optimistic after the fight.
“It’s a great shot,” Usman said in a recent interview with TMZ Sports. “A great shot. I’m talking about Viva Marie in the Super Bowl, the last 10 seconds. That was a great shot, man. Hats off to Leon.
“[Watching the game] wasn’t difficult at all,” Usman continued. “Do you know how many people I’ve done this to? It’s not difficult at all. It happened. That’s the beauty of the sport – it happens, but we forget what actually happened in that game. So I’m not disappointed at all. Almost everyone is sadder than me. Everyone is more emotional than me. For me, it’s a good thing because it shows me that people care, that people are engaged. “
Usman and Edwards are now 1-1 in their fight, the same as seven years ago when the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ fought in his first UFC fight on FOX Defeated “Rocky” by unanimous decision. UFC president Dana White said in a post-fight press conference that he hoped Usman-Edwards 3 would be next, and suggested that it be held at Wembley Stadium in London.
The newly crowned champion has put his first defensive goal on his turf, especially since he is now the second to win the UFC title The British fighter. While other options – such as Khamzat Chimaev with winners of Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal have surfaced – Usman sees himself as the only one who should oppose Edwards when he returns to the Octagon And he’s ready to go to London for a chance to take back what once belonged to him.
“What’s the point? I mean, look at this department,” Usman said. “What’s the point? This is definitely what’s going to happen next. I talked to Dana and we’ll see. I’ll let him do his job and we’ll see what dates make sense. This will be the pinnacle of next year.
“I was going to squeeze one this year, but next year will probably be the top, I want to go to England,” Usman continued. “I’ve always wanted to go to England. I feel like England is my second home now. England is half Africa. People don’t know it, but it’s half Africa. So it’s time to go there and please my Englishman, what more What about a good story? You couldn’t have written it better. So I’m excited to see what happens next, we’ll definitely figure it out.”