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Kamaru Usman shows class mentioning Leon Edwards in post-defeat statement

UFC 286: Edwards v Usman 3
UFC 286: Leon Edwards v Kamaru Usman 3

Kamaru Usman has shown respect for Leon Edwards following his defeat last night.

'The Nigerian Nightmare' took on Leon Edwards at UFC 286 in an attempt to avenge his loss and regain his welterweight championship after previously losing the title to 'Rocky' at UFC 278. However, the former UFC welterweight champion came up short yet again.

Kamaru Usman had his moments and had considerably more success on the feet than in their previous two encounters, however, it was Leon Edwards who looked to have outworked 'The Nigerian Nighmare'.

In what turned out to be an extremely close fight, 'Rocky' ended up winning by a majority decision on the judges' scorecards.

Following the bout, Kamaru Usman took to Twitter to thank everyone for their support. Moreover, despite succumbing to Leon Edwards for the second time and suffering his third MMA defeat, the former UFC welterweight champion showed class and gave his props to 'Rocky':

"A special thank you to my management, family, friends, and fans. I appreciate each and everyone of you. Wasn’t my night but as always we go back to work. Congratulations @Leon_edwardsmma great work"

Take a look at the tweet below:

A special thank you to my management, family, friends, and fans. I appreciate each and everyone of you. Wasn’t my night but as always we go back to work. Congratulations @Leon_edwardsmma great work 🤜🏿🤛🏿👏🏿

Kamaru Usman feels that he won against Leon Edwards at UFC 286

As mentioned earlier, Kamaru Usman suffered a majority decision loss at the hands of Leon Edwards at UFC 286. It is worth noting that the fight was extremely close and with 'Rocky' having a point deducted in the third round, it could've gone either way.

Speaking about his trilogy against Edwards during a post-fight octagon interview, 'The Nigerian Nightmare' suggested that he felt he did enough to get the judges' nod. While giving 'Rocky' credit for his gameplan and thanking the excellent crowd in attendance, he said:

“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!”

Watch the interview below:

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