Kamaru Usman was up 3-1 until he was knocked out in the last seconds by Leon Edwards at UFC 278.
In the fifth round, Englishman Edwards delivered a high kick that knocked him out and stopped him from making a sixth defense of his welterweight belt.
Usman has now given an explanation as to why such a knockdown and loss had place, and he claims that it was because he was pursuing the finish. “No, that’s not who I am,” Usman told TMZ Sports, according to Kamaru.
“When I battle, I push myself hard and don’t pay attention to the time. I’m a goer, so even when the referee tells the players to “Break, go to your corners,” I still want to go.
“That’s how I go about fighting. I yearned for the result since the process was so lovely. I could have knocked him out, but I was really hoping for a finish. When I set up—God only knows what I was building up—and failed to connect, who knows how much damage that may have caused, but it was such a lovely technique.
He continued, “He kicked me in the head repeatedly throughout the fight, but I blocked them all,” Usman stated. I’m almost in amazement of how fantastic that one was, but it happens. That one was simply money. When champions fail, they recover and demonstrate their superiority.
Dana White, president of the UFC, has said several times that the company intends to schedule a trilogy match for early 2023 in London.
How can you avoid making a trilogy? Yes, White said, “I want to do it in England. “Leon wouldn’t have to wait around, in my opinion. It wouldn’t take him long to wait. He would have to return to camp and resume his training nonetheless.
“First things first, we’d need a date. We seem to have reservations until January. No waiting will be allowed, even if it’s a rematch.