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Kamaru Usman Says Leon Edwards Earned London Trilogy with ‘Hail Mary’ Shot

By Timothy James  |  August 23, 2022  |  No Comments

“[Edwards] has wanted to fight in London for a while, and now he’s got it. Now you got it, and it’s a big one. It’s a mega-fight. Congratulations to Leon.” - Kamaru Usman during an interview with TMZ Sports.

The former champion is handling his loss exactly like you’d expect from one of the greatest fighters of all time - with grace, appreciation, and a hunger for redemption. He’s in good spirits despite suffering his first loss in the UFC via a last minute head kick during a fight he seemed destined to win.

“It was a great shot. I’m talking Hail Mary in the Super Bowl. That was a great shot, man.” Usman said regarding Leon Edward’s head kick. When asked if it was hard for him to watch, the former champion stated “It’s not hard at all. Do you know how many people I’ve done that to? It happened, and that’s the beautiful thing about this sport - that happens, but we forget what was actually taking place in that fight. I’m not down at all.”

It’s worth pointing out that Usman was leading on the judge’s scorecards before the knockout, and likely would have won the fifth round as well without that “great shot” from Edwards.

Both Leon Edwards and UFC president Dana White expressed a desire for Edwards’ first defense to be in England during the UFC 278 post-fight press conference. Edwards acknowledged that Usman deserved the rematch after being a long standing champion, and it seems Kamaru is on board with the fight taking place in London.

Usman welcomes the challenge with open arms, saying the trilogy match in London would be the biggest fight of his career. “What else makes sense?” he responded when asked what fight he wanted next. “I mean, look at the division. It’s absolutely what’s going to happen next…I want to go to England. I’ve been fiending to go to England.”

In addition to expressing his desire for the trilogy, Usman was congratulatory towards Edwards, showing the kind of grace and mental fortitude befitting of a long-standing UFC champion. “I’m very happy for Leon…this is great for his story, and it’s even greater for my story, so we’ll run it back…what a beautiful technique, what a Hail Mary. That’s why I love this sport: anything can happen at any time, and it definitely did,” said a humble and cool Usman.

What do you guys think? Is this the fight to make in London, or would you rather see the showdown between Leon Edwards and Jorge Masvidal?

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