#sports activities Kamaru Usman backs Dana White’s plan for third fight with Leon Edwards in England after KO loss
‘I need to go to England for the trilogy in early 2023’: Kamaru Usman backs Dana White’s plan for third fight with Leon Edwards in enemy territory… as he admits brutal KO defeat was ‘like a Hail Mary in the final 10 seconds of a Super Bowl’
- Kamaru Usman suffered brutal KO defeat when he was one minute from victory
- Leon Edwards dethroned the UFC welterweight champion in Salt Lake City
- Usman is in excessive spirits and confirmed the UFC are concentrating on trilogy in the UK
- He believes it’ll happen early subsequent yr and is relishing the prospect
Kamaru Usman is relishing the prospect of a trilogy fight with Leon Edwards in enemy territory early subsequent yr.
The lately dethroned former welterweight champion suffered a brutal head kick KO loss in opposition to ‘Rocky’ on Saturday night time in Salt Lake City.
‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has had time to mirror on his defeat, snatched in the final minute when he was nicely up on the scorecards.
Leon Edwards (left) knocked out Kamaru Usman (proper) with a sensational head kick
Usman has taken the loss nicely and is already relishing the prospect of a trilogy
And having spoken to Dana White, the 35-year-old is already trying ahead to a visit throughout the pond early in 2023.
He advised TMZ: ‘What else is smart (apart from trilogy)? Look on the division, what else is smart? I talked to Dana and I’ll let him do his job, we’ll see what date is smart, most likely high of subsequent yr.
‘I used to be going to squeeze one in this yr however it’s most likely high of subsequent yr. I need to go to England. I really feel like England is my second dwelling. England is half Africa, individuals do not know that. It’s time to go over there and entertain my English individuals, what higher story.’
Usman beat Edwards by determination in their first fight seven years in the past however now the scores are stage forward of what could be a highly-anticipated third assembly.
Edwards was overcome with emotion after turn out to be the UFC welterweight champion
The dominant wrestler had by no means been placed on his again or knocked out earlier than UFC 278 however is taking the setback in his stride.
‘There’s good damage, whenever you end a fight and know you’ve got received two cheques, he mirrored. ‘Then there’s the one the place you simply have one. Hurt is damage. But I’m feeling good, it is a new expertise however it’s a fight, a fight is a fight.
‘I needed to go to the hospital to get scanned and all of that, simply the formalities and I used to be in and out of there. What a shot, it was an awesome shot, I’m speaking Hail Mary in a brilliant bowl, final 10 seconds.
Some fighters want to not watch their losses again however Usman is finding out the footage analytically.
He admitted: ‘I’ve already watched the fight three or 4 instances. It’s not exhausting to observe in any respect. I’ve finished that to individuals. It occurs. The lovely factor is that occurs however we neglect what was really happening in that fight.
Dana White has talked up the thought of a stadium fight in the UK for the trilogy
‘Everyone is extra unhappy about it than I’m, for me that is a superb assume as a result of it lets me know that individuals care.’
There’s no unhealthy blood between Usman and Edwards, with each males completely satisfied to let their expertise do the speaking and the previous pound-for-pound No 1 spoke of his respect for the Brit.
‘I’m excited for what’s subsequent. I’ve a uncommon alternative now to encourage and inspire, exhibiting individuals you possibly can fall and get again up. I like Leon, at all times have, I really observe him on social media. I’m completely satisfied for him and in a way he form of jogs my memory of my journey.
‘It is nice for his story and my story. He’s wished to fight in London for some time and now he is received a giant one. Congratulations to Leon, it was a phenomenal method, what a beautiful Hail Mary,’ he concluded.