Leon Edwards Believes Kamaru Usman Is Past His Prime
Leon Edwards has gotten his long-awaited title shot against welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in Saturday’s UFC 278 headliner at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. In their first battle, Usman earned a unanimous decision victory after a three round battle.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, Edwards has only competed twice and had multiple fights cancelled. On the other hand, Usman (20-1 MMA, 15-0 UFC) has doubled up on Edwards’ activity.
However, the Brit thinks all that time in cage will have an impact on the champion.
“All I’ve been doing is training,” Edwards told CBS Sports. “The Khamzat Chimaev fight (that was canceled three times), for example, that’s three camps. I’ve done many camps and improved leaps and bounds. Now is the perfect time for us to fight. I think those years, looking back on it now, were blessings in disguise. It gave me time to hone my skills and polish what I needed to polish, while he’s competed – but he’s also been in wars. His body is breaking down, and I think now is the perfect time.”
Still, Edwards is preparing for the worst. He is ready to face the best version of Usman, even if he believes that Usman’s is past his prime.
“I’m not going in there thinking that,” Edwards said. “I’m going in prepared for the so-called pound-for-pound best. I am going in there fully focused on him coming in there to be the best version of himself. I think that’s how I’m approaching it.”