Daniel Sturridge Calls on Dana White to Book Leon Edwards vs Kamaru Usman 2

Published 02/14/2021, 11:46 AM EST


Kamaru Usman recorded a sensational performance against Gilbert Burns at UFC 258 as he defended his title for the third time. The former teammates went all-in against each other with ‘Durinho’ starting off stronger. However, it was ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ who proved his mettle as he eventually got a TKO win.

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It was one of the best performances of the champion’s career as he surpassed the legendary Georges St-Pierre’s record of most consecutive wins in the UFC welterweight division.

Athletes from across the world praised Usman for this incredible performance. Former Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea FC star Daniel Sturridge also took to Twitter to acknowledge his outstanding outing.

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However, both Usman and Edwards have evolved as fighters since they last took on each other. While Usman has recorded a spectacular run of success in the octagon, Edwards has also consolidated a strong position having won all his subsequent fights.

Therefore, a fight between the former rivals is a mouthwatering prospect indeed. However, Edwards hasn’t competed since his 2019 win over Rafael dos Anjos. So, ‘Rocky’ needs to get back on the horse first.

Sturridge, on the other hand, is in the doldrums in his professional career as he is currently without a club. The England star last played for Turkish outfit Trabzonspor but got his contract terminated mutually in March 2020.

Leon Edwards vs Kamaru Usman 2: Is Edwards the champ’s kryptonite?

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Edwards boasts of the style and versatility that one needs to trouble the champion. But the same has been said about every other opponent he has faced inside the Octagon. And given his performances in those fights, it’s hard to bet against ‘The Nigerian Nightmare‘, no matter who he faces.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria celebrates after his victory over 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)

Especially after defeating Gilbert Burns in such a manner, the champion has taken his stocks even higher as he looks sharper than ever. But a fight against the Brit is almost certain in the foreseeable future.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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