Kamaru Usman lost a lot at UFC 278 last month. In addition to failing to defend the welterweight title for the sixth time, Leon Edwards also took away his negotiating position regarding the move to higher categories, as well as the boxing match against Canelo, which is probably no longer an option at this point.
Former UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is preparing for warm reception in the UK for his anticipated trilogy with Leon Edwards. Usman lost to Edwards via fifth-round knockout at UFC 278 just weeks ago in Salt Lake City.
Usman was really better almost the entire fight until that knockout, and less than a minute separated him from a new title defense. However, Edwards caught him with that 'high kick' that knocked him out and sat on the throne of the welterweight category, so if Usman gets his belt back in the rematch, it is possible that we will again hear about the transition to the light heavyweight category.
Usman now faces a rematch against Edwards, and Wembley was rumored as the location. Although nothing has been officially confirmed, it wouldn't be strange if that happened. However, Usman does not think that this would be good for Edwards because he thinks that there are more fans in England than him.
Kamaru Usman on Joe Rogan's Experience
“Now you’re in their country, which honestly, I think imma have more fans in his country than he will,” Usman said. “That’s no knock on Leon. I like Leon; I really do.
Half of England is Africa. There’s a lot of Nigerians in England, a lot of Nigerians. He knows there’s a lot of Nigerians and Jamaicans. But I think I will be well represented in England”. Usman said on 'The Joe Rogan Experience'.
Edwards vs. Usman III is expected to take place next year, although the matchup has yet to be confirmed by the UFC. At the moment, each has one victory, and we will know more after the spectacle is agreed upon.