Kamaru Usman Speaks for the First Time After Losing by KO to Leon Edwards in Dramatic Fashion
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Kamaru Usman Speaks for the First Time After Losing by KO to Leon Edwards in Dramatic Fashion

  • Kamaru Usman has expressed disappointment, having lost all his title belts to Leon Edwards in UFC 278
  • Usman was coasting to victory before Edwards landed a deft high kick to send the champion to the canvass
  • Usman looked unconscious for a moment, and the referee signalled the end of the fight as Edwards was crowned the new champion

MMA fighter Kamaru Usman has broken his silence after he lost all his belts to Englishman Leon Edwards in the dramatic UFC 278.

Usman was already 3-1 up, but a last-minute high kick from Edwards prevented him from defending the welterweight title for the sixth time.

The Nigerian was stunned but says he was preparing to finish his opponent before everything happened suddenly.

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Kamaru Usman not impressed with his loss to Leone Edwards in UFC 278. Photo: Alex Goodlett
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Kamaru told TMZ Sports:

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“No, that’s not who I am. When I fight, I got pedal to the metal and I don’t look at the clock. I’m a goer, when I hear the (horn) I still want to go, and when the ref says, ‘Break, go to your corners,’ I still want to go.
“That’s the way that I fight. I wanted the finish, it was just a beautiful technique. I could’ve taken him down, but I really wanted a finish and when I was setting up, and only God knows what I was setting up, I didn’t land it, (who knows) how much damage it could’ve done, but it was just a beautiful technique.
“He threw head kicks throughout the fight, I blocked them all. That one was just money, I’m almost in awe on how good it was, but it happens. Champions fall, then they get back and show you why they’re champions.”

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Kamaru Usman not planning to fight Israel Adesanya

Sports Brief earlier reported that Nigerian-American professional Mixed Martial Artist (MMA) Kamarudeen Usman has disclosed that he would not stage a fight with Israel Adesanya despite his ambitions.

Usman disclosed that their Nigerian heritage will prevent such a fight from ever happening as they continue to dominate their respective categories.

Both fighters are two of the biggest UFC stars in the world, and Usman once hinted that he could go up 35lb and bypass middleweight, where Adesanya currently reigns.

Source: SportsBrief.com

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