Usman shares a moment that felt worse than his knockout loss

Despite losing his UFC welterweight title and having his promotional record tainted for the first time, Kamaru Usman suggested another moment made him feel worse than his loss to Leon Edwards.

As we head into another pay-per-view offering from the MMA leader this weekend in Las Vegas, there’s still plenty of talk about what happened in Utah last time out. Inside Vivint Arena, Usman’s long and dominating reign came to an end thanks to a powerful return effort from behind from Edwards.

Down the scoreboards and a minute from a failed championship challenge, ‘Rocky’ delivered a perfectly prepared header, turning out Usman’s lights and cementing himself as the second British title holder in history of the UFC.

But despite his first loss inside the Octagon, the first knockout loss of his career and the loss of his pound-for-pound number one status – not to mention the fact that he was seconds away from a certain sixth successful defense – Usman has remained optimistic since the result.

Besides being the case immediately after, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ hasn’t let up on his positivity since, even now suggesting that the moment in Salt Like City isn’t the worst of his mixed martial arts career.

Usman reveals UFC lightweight ‘beat his ass off’

Usman recently appeared on Episode #128 of The JRE MMA Show, hosted by UFC color commentator Joe Rogan, to discuss his career and his recent rematch with “Rocky” Edwards.

Discussing veteran UFC lightweight Michael Johnson, who Usman trained with at both the now defunct Blackzilians gym and Sanford MMA (now Kill Cliff FC) facility, the former heavyweight king welterweight named “The Menace” as the first man to drop him.

Despite what was at stake when Edwards achieved the feat, Usman claimed he felt worse when it happened at the hands of then-teammate Johnson.

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“The weird thing about Michael Johnson is that he doesn’t look the part. He (has) long limbs; they look skinny, but he has speed and power Usman said. “Until Leon, Michael is the only guy who ever let me down, sat down. Well, I felt worse after that than I do now after the situation of Leon.

When a bewildered Rogan questioned that revelation, Usman noted that unlike four rounds against the newly crowned champion, he was convincingly beaten by Johnson in their sparring session.

“Yeah, because (Johnson) beat my ass. Mike beat my ass in that practice session,” Usman admitted. in his second year of MMA training and that Michael was preparing for a fight. He’s in the UFC right now. And he’s like maybe two, three weeks.

“And we fight and we fight and I try to pretend. I’m the taller guy, so I’m trying to – I haven’t found a rhythm. I had no groove at this point. I was just a guy who could wrestle and throw punches. Usman added.

Recalling the training swap, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ said he couldn’t keep up with the pace and conditioning of Johnson, who boasts wins over Dustin Poirier, Edson Barboza and Tony Ferguson inside the club. ‘Octagon.

Usman also noted that former light heavyweight titleholder Rashad Evans was recording the session, so if the pair ever go down, maybe a few clips of the Nigerian getting knocked down will emerge…

“And Mike, his feet. He touches me, he touches me. It starts off slow, then it starts picking up the pace,” Usman recalled. “And then I was out of breath, and we fucked up two minutes. And he’s just spicing me up, and now he’s starting to shoot, and they’re getting harder and harder. We’re down to three minutes and wait for the bell to ring, but no, we’re still stuck here.

“And at that time, I fought with a headgear. So I’m like, ‘No, fuck that headgear. it makes me feel uncomfortable ! That’s what’s causing it. But no, Mike was just beating my ass. So I take the headgear off and we move on, and he just puts a jumpsuit on me – bing, bing, bing – sits me down. And I fall on my hand and turn around. And that’s how it’s screwed up. Rashad (Evans) had it all recorded and had it on his phone forever! Usman laughed. “And so I fell and we are home that night and Rashad replays it and shows me how I fell. (LAUGHS)”

While the clip hasn’t surfaced yet, and it’s certainly unlikely it will, there is footage of Johnson and Usman working out at the Blackzilians gym. Given how hard the pair were throwing before they split, it’s no surprise that their exchange ended with a man on the mats.

Are you surprised that the loss to Leon Edwards wasn’t the worst moment of Kamaru Usman’s career?

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