Edwards should have had his own vacation after UFC 278
Kamaru Usman has suggested that new UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards didn’t get the love he deserved after his UFC 278 win.
On August 20, Edwards culminated a momentous journey from troubled youth to world-famous mixed martial arts great. He rose to the top by dethroning Usman in the Utah-held headliner, with a final headbutt scoring one of the most memorable wins and knockouts seen in a UFC title fight.
With the victory, “Rocky” paraded around the Octagon and sipped the moment in Salt Lake City, his emotions spilling out backstage as he spoke to his mother – the catalyst for his successful MMA career – at the telephone.
In addition to his personal accomplishments, Edwards also cemented his place in the history books as the second UK champion in UFC history, joining former middleweight titleholder Michael Bisping in the elite club.
With that in mind, the man who fell to Edwards at UFC 278 believes his rival deserved more “love” from his home fans.
Usman: ‘It should have been Leon Edwards’ day’
Speaking to Joe Rogan on the latest episode of the JRE MMA ShowUsman discussed the support behind Edwards in the UK, where the champion moved from Jamaica aged nine.
Usman cited Edwards’ return to England after his Championship win as evidence that ‘Rocky’ isn’t getting the level of fanfare he deserves. According to ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’, Edwards KO’s headbutt was worthy of a national holiday.
“I don’t think he’s getting the love he should have. I don’t see it. Even now after winning the title,” Usman said. “He won the title and got to the airport, and I think there were, I was told, maybe 20 people there. He should have organized a parade. It was like 20 people there – his family.
“They should have closed the airport, it should have been Leon Edwards Day. You just got Kamaru Usman’s title, it should be Leon Edwards Day. Hope he understands,” Usman concluded.
It should be noted that whoever informed Usman of Edwards’ reception upon his return to the UK evidently omitted the true nature of the scenes, which were recorded and uploaded by UK gym, Team Renegade MMA, to Instagram.
Rather than the low fan turnout implied by Usman, Edwards’ landing at Heathrow Airport remained private, with only the champion’s family and friends privy to the details of his arrival.
Unless Usman expected UK fans to have psychopathic abilities, significant fan involvement was not possible…
Should talk of a trilogy fight between Edwards and Usman materialize into a blockbuster event in the UK, the former champion would likely get a more accurate display of the Brit’s home support.
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