‘My Old Camp Was All Defense’- Leon Edwards Details What Went Wrong in the First Fight With Kamaru Usman

Published 07/18/2021, 1:50 PM 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)


Leon Edwards recalls his defeat against the Nigerian nightmare in a recent interview. Since that fight, ‘Rocky’ has changed his game plan and went on a winning streak.

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While in the talks with James English, Edwards looked back at his defeat against Usman and explained what actually went wrong.

‘Rocky’ said, “I lost the fight to Usman like 5, 6 years ago. We went to the distance. All old-time, you know. It’s all good. It was a lesson. I think of the time before Usman like in the UK there’s a weird thing where like you get to like a level. You need to go to America to prove you know you can’t do from Birmingham there’s no one here to train with and blah blah you know. As a kid, you start believing this cuz the older guys are telling you this you need to go to America you need to listen.”

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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JULY 19: Leon Edwards of Jamaica poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-ins at Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio on July 19, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He added, “So I went to AKA (gym) for my camp for Usman. But my old camp was all to do defense like don’t get taken down. And I was going in like all defensive mind state and I went into the fight. And I fought the fight and didn’t think about what I needed to do. It was more about what he is going to do and don’t let him do it, basically. That’s not a good way to fight you should go out there and do your thing let him adapt to you. So yeah since that I have come back to the UK. Came back with my team to fix those things that need to be fixed. Now here I’m ten fights in a row. Back to basic, you know.”

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Leon Edwards: Career Overview

Leon Edwards has an impressive professional MMA career. The (19-3) record holder was on an amazing six-win streak when he entered the promotion.

However, the British native faced a loss in his UFC debut match against Claudio Silva in 2014. ‘ Rocky’ later went on winning back to back two matches in a row only to face the second loss in his UFC career. The Nigerian native Kamaru Usman defeat Edwards via unanimous decision in 2015.

However, this loss didn’t stop ‘Rocky’ he changed his tactics and bounced back quickly in the sport. The British native went on winning big matches in the UFC after his loss against Usman.

‘Rocky’ was on a spectacular eight-win streak of his UFC career. However, his streak was broken after a no-contest against Belal Muhammad in 2021.

The British native faced the UFC superstar Nate Diaz at UFC 263. This fight garnered a lot of attention from the fans as the fan-favorite Diaz returned to the octagon after a long hiatus. Edwards put on an impressive performance and won the fight.

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‘Rocky’ is currently relevant for a welterweight title shot. However, Colby Covington will face Usman next for the welterweight gold as per the UFC president Dana White.

The combat fans are excited to see what is next for the British native Leon Edwards inside the octagon. Until we will have to wait to see what the UFC decides for ‘Rocky’ in the future.

What do you think is next for Leon Edwards? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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