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Sports News of Wednesday, 21 September 2022


Edwards victory against me was no fluke - Usman

Usman Kamaru Usman Kamaru

Nigerian UFC heavyweight fighter Usman Kamaru has said, Leon Edwards' defeat against him in the UFC 278 fight last month was not luck.

The Nigerian American mixed martial artist lost to the British fighter in a round 4 knockout at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, US.

It was one of the biggest upsets of the year as the 30-year-old ended Usman's reign in the UFC 278 main event.

While many fans applauded Leon Edwards for staging one of the surprising comebacks in UFC history, others discounted his performance claiming it was just a flash in the pan.

Reflecting on his first Knockout loss on the JRE MMA episode 128 show, the former UFC welterweight champion admitted that his opponent was a well-deserving winner, and his victory was not borne out of sheer luck.

“I don’t like the notion of everybody saying, ‘He got lucky!’ Yeah, he got lucky, yeah, of course, Usman told renowned UFC commentator Joe Rogan.

“But luck, to me, is not what everyone is saying, he said.

“Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. That’s luck to me. You can’t tell me that Leon didn’t train that kick. Of course, he did! I’m not even a southpaw and I train that kick. I know he trained that kick, and there’s a video out.

“That’s what a well-rounded, number-one contender mixed martial artist in the world should do. Of course, he trained that. So, yeah, he did get lucky. He prepared to be able to land a kick like that; I presented him with the opportunity, and he landed the kick, and here we are,” Usman added.

“People are trying to take away from his win. No, he landed a good kick and he put me out.”