Did Kamaru Usman retire after UFC 286 loss? Watch what the former champ said about his future plans

Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman (left) and Usman (right). [Images courtesy: left image from Instagram @UFC and right image from Getty Images]
Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman (left) and Usman (right). [Images courtesy: left image from Instagram @UFC and right image from Getty Images]

Kamaru Usman succumbed to Leon Edwards for a second time at UFC 286 at the O2 Arena in the hostile territory of London, England.

Usman's failure to reclaim the welterweight championship, which he shockingly lost to Edwards in the final round of UFC 278's main event, raised further questions over his future in the highly-competitive division.

Kamaru Usman spoke to Daniel Cormier in the post-fight interview and mentioned getting back to training after regrouping with his entourage and family.

“Oh not too long. I’mma get back with my coaches because, you know, I’m one of those guys, I can’t sit for too long. I start getting antsy. You know, so I’mma talk to my coaches, we’ll get back, sit and relax. Spend some time with my daughter. You know, you guys get to come here and be entertained by us but a lot of you guys don’t know what we go through in training camp just to prepare for this. Just to get in here and give you guys a show. You know, much respect for the fighters, we put it on the line for you guys each and every time.”

Kamaru Usman also gave his opponent credit for his efforts and counters while thanking the excellent crowd in attendance.

“Yeah. I mean, I think I did enough to win the fight. But you know, I knew it was a close fight. Great gameplay. You know, I’ve always said it, from the start, I knew I would see Leon again and we did it. I’m not done, I’ll see him again. But he put on a hell of a game plan and I’ve always gave him props for everything he’s been able to accomplish, just like me. He’s a brother like myself and much respect. London, you got yourself a hell of a guy, a great champion. London, what you saying!”

Check out Kamaru Usman's full octagon interview with Daniel Cormier:


Colby Covington calls out Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards with trademark insults

Ahead of the UFC 286 welterweight title showdown, No.2 ranked contender Colby Covington called out both headliners.

Covington has been absent from the octagon for over a year but is primed to have a go at the title next. He refused to pick a winner between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman but called them out on their lack of personality, in stark contrast to his own exuberant one that made for good viewing.

He said:

"I just wanna see a good fight. You know, hopefully they fight their hearts out. Cause now they gotta come see Daddy next. They gotta come see the man. The man that drew all their ratings. Everybody was talking me this weekend. They weren't talking about them. No one cares about them. They have no charisma. Those guys, they don't do anything."

Check out Colby Covington's comments below:

No prediction tonight, but @ColbyCovMMA is ready for another shot at gold 👀 #UFC286

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