Leon Edwards Thinks Jorge Masvidal Can Catch Kamaru Usman With a Hard Blow Just as Gilbert Burns Did

Published 03/19/2021, 8:09 AM EDT
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JULY 20: Leon Edwards of Jamaica is interviewed after defeating Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil by unanimous decision in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at AT&T Center on July 20, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC welterweight Leon Edwards sat down with Joe Rogan on an episode of his podcast and shared his candid views. Edwards gave fans a more comprehensive look into his personality while breaking down his place in the welterweight division. ‘Rocky’ Edwards has long-since had the skills to be a champion, however, so far, he’s lacked the buzz to secure big fights.

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Leon Edwards put on his octagon-side analyst hat and broke down the upcoming welterweight title fight set for April. Kamaru Usman makes a quick turnaround from his UFC 258 performance to defend his belt against Jorge Masvidal. The aforementioned 170-pounders met back at UFC 251 in July, and ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ handily picked up a unanimous decision win.

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Leon Edwards looks at how Jorge Masvidal stacks up against Kamaru Usman

‘Rocky’ Edwards is all too familiar with both Masvidal and Usman as Rogan asked him to preview the match-up. Chiefly, Joe Rogan felt that ‘Gamebred’ stepping in on short notice during their first fight was detrimental to his performance. However, Edwards felt that Jorge Masvidal was already in training and put his best foot forward against the champion.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: (L-R) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria kicks Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

He said, “I think the fight, ten out of ten times, Usman will probably win nine. It’s an entertaining fight for the fans, but martial artists, it’s one of them fights. Usman’s going to go out there and try to grapple him again probably.”

“He [Masvidal] was training, he had wrestling coaches. I remember watching him. He was like getting good training in. He wasn’t like sitting on the couch for the last six months and then take six days and fought.”

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Leon Edwards also laid out his prediction for UFC 261’s welterweight title fight main event. While the Englishman went with Usman, who will be the favorite, he saw a possible future wherein Masvidal could catch Usman on the feet. ‘Gamebred’ has lethal striking and has made it a business practice to ‘baptize’ his opponents.

Edwards used Kamaru Usman’s last fight against Gilbert Burns as an example when looking at how Burns managed to rock Kamaru Usman on the feet. ‘Durinho‘ Burns is primarily a grappler and if he could stun Usman then Masvidal will fancy his chances.

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – APRIL 25: Leon Edwards speaks during the UFC Fight Night Singapore: On-sale press conference at the Mandarin Oriental on April 25, 2018 in Singapore. UFC Fight Night Singapore will take place on June 23. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Zuffa LLC)

“Burns dropped him over there, it’s a good fight, I’ll be watching it for sure but I think if I had to put money on it, I’d probably go Usman for the win again. I can’t see what he [Masvidal] could do different, you know he’s going to come out again and swing for the fences and try to knock him out.”

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“Usman is going to high guard and just grapple him. Unless he catches him and knocks him out. I just can’t see what he does different”

Leon Edwards’ prediction aligns strongly with that of the MMA community at large who feel like styles make fights. However, ‘Gamebred’ has shown that he’s just one flying knee away from actualizing his goal to be champion.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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