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UFC information, rumors: Leon Edwards says physique ‘shut down’ at UFC 278, Kamaru Usman pushes for trilogy in England

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Leon Edwards cannot fairly put his finger on what occurred within the rounds that preceded his come-from-behind knockout of Kamaru Usman at UFC 278. The brand new welterweight champion got here out sturdy within the opening spherical, even scoring the primary takedown of Usman in his UFC profession. However because the combat dragged on, Edwards didn’t appear to have it going for him anymore as he was doubtless heading to a call loss.

Preventing at elevation in Salt Lake Metropolis appeared to take a toll on a variety of fighters that night time, together with Edwards.

“After we went on the market, after the primary spherical, I am unable to clarify it, my physique simply shut down. It was only a bizarre feeling. It wasn’t cardio, it was like my physique simply wasn’t reacting. In my head, I might suppose what I wished to do, however my physique simply wasn’t doing it,” Edwards advised the “MMA Hour” on Monday. “My 10 fights I needed to get thus far to combat for the championship, I by no means appeared like that in a combat, ever. Even once I was combating, I used to be trying forward like, ‘Man, what the hell is happening? Simply preserve pushing. I do know he is artful and the physique is feeling it, however simply preserve working and keep targeted. It is by no means over till it is over.’ I stayed in there and acquired the clear head kick KO.

“If my physique was reacting the best way it was within the first spherical, the combat would have gone a very totally different manner. The primary spherical, I felt regular. Then after that, my physique simply sort of shut down on me.”

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Edwards cornermen have been pleading with him to get up and get within the combat. Edwards’ head coach Dave Lovell screamed “You bought to cease feeling sorry in your f—ing self!” Edwards dodged judgement within the last minute of Spherical 5 when he uncorked a hellacious head kick that knocked Usman out chilly. 

“I used to be getting frightened, for positive — 100%,” Edwards mentioned. “The second was so large for me, and it is simply my luck for that to occur. I thought, ‘Man, there isn’t any manner this may occur, that it might play out like this.’ I mentioned all of it week, I really feel like that is my second. God introduced me thus far to make this occur. That is what stored enjoying in my head, there isn’t any manner God introduced me right here for this simply to go to a call and end like this. I needed to simply keep targeted and hearken to my staff. Nice motivation. They knew how one can press my buttons, and so they stored me in there and acquired the end.

“That is certainly one of my worst performances ever in my profession. To have my worst efficiency within the greatest second of my life, it is laborious to clarify how you’re feeling mentally. It is like what the f—. Come on. How is that this enjoying out like this? It was troublesome to undergo, nevertheless it is what it’s. That was Usman’s greatest efficiency, that was my worst efficiency, and he nonetheless could not end me. I completed him on my worst day.”

Extra UFC information, rumors

Usman, Edwards and UFC president Dana White all agreed after the combat {that a} rubber match ought to happen in Edwards’ dwelling nation of England. Simply when is the query because the promotion will get able to arrange its 2023 calendar.

“It is completely what’s gonna occur subsequent. I’ve talked to Dana [White], and we’re gonna see. I am going to let him do his job, and we’re gonna see what date is smart. It is gonna be high of subsequent yr. I used to be gonna try to squeeze one on this yr, nevertheless it’ll in all probability be the highest of subsequent yr, and I need to go to England,” Usman advised TMZ. “I have been feening to go to England. I really feel like England is my second dwelling now, and England is half Africa. Folks do not know that, nevertheless it’s half Africa, so it is time to go over there and entertain my English individuals, and what higher story? You could not write this any higher. So I am excited to see what’s subsequent, and we will certainly determine one thing out.”

Usman praised Edwards’ deadly blow however described the come-from-behind knockout as a Hail Mary blow.

“It was an excellent shot,” Usman mentioned. “An amazing shot. I am speaking Hail Mary within the Tremendous Bowl, final 10 seconds, that was an excellent shot. Hats off to Leon.”

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