Kamaru Usman thinks that he rushed to the trilogy match with Leon Edwards

Kamaru Usman reflects on his trilogy match with Leon Edwards.

by Aryan Lakhani
Kamaru Usman thinks that he rushed to the trilogy match with Leon Edwards
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The former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman last fought against Leon Edwards for the trilogy match and is yet to make a return. Usman recently acknowledged that his decision to fight Edwards for the 3rd time was a hasty one.

No one would have expected Kamaru Usman to lose back to back fights against Edwards. Perhaps Usman let the emotions get the better of him; instead of taking a proper break, he gave more importance to his urge to reclaim the welterweight belt.

Usman needs to regain his winning momentum. He surprisingly called out Stephen Thompson, and it will be interesting to see when that match ends up happening.

Kamaru Usman on the trilogy match

Recently on Daniel Cormier’s show, Kamaru Usman explained why rushing into the trilogy match with Leon Edwards was the wrong thing to do.

Usman then compares himself to Israel Adesanya, who’s going through a similar phase right now. “I was in his position and I honestly, looking back now, I probably rushed it,” Usman said as quoted by mmafighting.com.

“I probably should have taken a little bit more time off. Then if I’m still guaranteed that shot, go fight for that title. Now, a big part of the reason where you jump into the immediate rematch is — and I would say this to myself in my case as well — when you’re in the middle of a title reign, I don’t want a day to go by that I’m not the man in charge.

Usman further said: “For Israel, I’m sure as a competitor he’s feeling a little bit of this as well and thinking, ‘This guy shouldn’t have beat me in the first place,’ just like I felt.

‘This guy shouldn’t even be in there with me in the first place,’ as I felt. So, you want to get it back and get that stain off of you right away but if you’re guaranteed that shot, I would like to see him take a little bit of time.

Enjoy life but not to say he’s not gonna train or be in the mix”.

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