Michael Chiesa believes Leon Edwards is highly skilled

Michael Chiesa explains why he's not disappointed in Leon Edwards for not getting a knockout win.

by Aryan Lakhani
Michael Chiesa believes Leon Edwards is highly skilled
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Leon Edwards was ridiculed for not getting a knockout win, his skills and position were strongly questioned. However, Michael Chiesa looks at the champion Leon Edwards with a different set of lenses.

Most fans and MMA experts found Leon Edwards vs Colby Covington ‘boring’ and were disappointed not to see a knockout.

Chiesa believes contenders who are strongly skilled barely attempt knockouts and focus on winning the game instead.

Michael Chiesa on Leon Edwards vs Colby Covington

Recently on a show with Paul Felder, Michael Chiesa explained why he thought it was okay for Leon Edwards not to secure a knockout win.

“He definitely slowed down in the Colby fight,” Chiesa said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “He didn’t even get a vintage Colby pace. I think Leon is not underrated, skill-wise. I think if anyone underrates his skills, then they don’t know what the hell they are talking about when it comes to mixed martial arts.

There’s not a person I’ve talked to who says he lacks in the skill department. But on the flip side of that, sometimes the people that are the most skilled go for it the least. When a guy has maybe deficits in his skills, they’re more prone to putting themselves – you have to put yourself in harm’s way sometimes to get a finish.

When you’re like Leon, the perfect head kick KO like he had against Kamaru (Usman), they’re definitely counter strikes. Sometimes you have to just not try to be so skilled and just take a chance. Really skilled guys will be really reserved instead of putting themselves out there.

Chisea further said: “Unless (Edwards) landed a good counterstrike to hurt you, I don’t see him trying to force an opportunity to create a finish, it’s one of those things where he’s almost too skilled.

Sometimes when someone is too skilled, they don’t go for it enough. They just try to be perfect – kind of like what Georges used to do”.

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