“We Want the Best” – Kamaru Usman’s Coach Says a Bout Against Leon Edwards Would Be Challenging for Him as a Coach

Published 12/28/2021, 8:45 AM EST


UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is a force to be reckoned with. He has defended his title against some of the best fighters in the division. His dominance over the weight class is surprising, and it seems like he might remain champion for a long time.

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While fans are amazed by his fighting skills, the credit for his exceptional performance also goes to his coach Trevor Wittman. Wittman also coaches UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas and lightweight Justin Gaethje. So it is clear that he is one of the best MMA coaches.

 

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As Usman reigns over the division, many are eager to see him and Leon Edwards fight once again. Both the fighters faced off back in 2015. Edwards lost the bout through a unanimous decision. The fight happened long back, and both fighters have grown a lot since then. The British fighter has had some glorious fights, and hence many believe he deserves a shot at the title.

Wittman recently spoke about a possible second bout between Usman and Edwards. He said, “I think a new challenge. Leon is like a new challenge to me. That was so long ago. … I just want the best, like as a coach you want the best challenges.”

He further stated, “We want to go out there and make sure we are not hesitating and making different decisions and then seeing if we can change game plans up in fights. That’s a cool thing too, to fight differently than you did the first time you fought him. So that’s always a good challenge for me as a coach. So I’m open to anything. At this level, it’s like we want the best. That’s it.”

A look at Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards’ previous fight

During their first fight in the first round itself, Usman seemed to dominate the ring. And during the second round, Usman successfully took Edwards down twice. Things got progressively worse for Edwards in the third round as he was taken down thrice.

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During the bout, Usman landed a significantly higher number of strikes and successful takedowns. Thus, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ added a victory to his record.

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A second bout would be interesting for fans to watch. With two highly skilled fighters, no MMA fan would want to miss the fight. Do you think Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman will fight soon? Let us know in the comments.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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