Former UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman says many individuals get it flawed after they assume that Leon Edwards was fortunate of their combat.
In what was arguably the upset of the yr, Jamaica-born Brit Edwards ended the reign of Usman within the UFC 278 primary occasion final month.
After the primary 4 rounds in Utah, “The Nigerian Nightmare” had taken management of the competition and appeared firmly on the way in which to a different convincing title defence main 3-1. However in a second that shocked MMA followers across the globe, “Rocky” handed the primary loss to Usman’s UFC file with a superbly arrange and brutal head kick.
Whereas many gave Edwards credit score for delivering one of the crucial memorable and seemingly unlikely comeback wins in UFC historical past, some appeared to downplay his accomplishment, dismissing the outcome as nothing however ‘luck’.
However the former champ rejected the concept that the kick itself was the product of fortune.
Showing on episode #128 of the JRE MMA Present, Usman mirrored on the primary KO lack of his profession with famend UFC commentator Joe Rogan.
“I don’t just like the notion of all people saying, ‘He acquired fortunate!’ Yeah, he acquired fortunate, yeah, after all. However luck, to me, is just not what everyone seems to be saying,” Usman stated.
“Luck is when preparation meets alternative. That’s luck to me. You possibly can’t inform me that Leon didn’t prepare that kick. In fact, he did! I’m not even a southpaw and I prepare that kick. I do know he skilled that kick, and there’s a video out.
“That’s what a well-rounded, number-one contender combined martial artist on the planet ought to do. In fact, he skilled that. So, yeah, he did get fortunate. He ready to have the ability to land a kick like that; I offered him with the chance, and he landed the kick, and right here we’re,” Usman added. “Individuals are attempting to remove from his win. No, he landed a great kick and he put me out.”