Reigning UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards expects his title rematch with Kamaru Usman to be different in design but not in outcome.
“It’s going to be a completely different fight this time,” the Brit told BT Sports. “I have never lost in the UK and I have never lost in London. As a professional and as an amateur. So I take my confidence from that. I gain confidence in the knowledge that I can knock him out. I gain confidence in knowing that I can translate it. I gain confidence in the knowledge that I am better than him on the ground. All my heritage, all my history speaks of this.”
“I beat the best fighter in the world on my worst day – I’m convinced that I gave my worst performance in the UFC that night. But I kept my cool and knocked him out in the fifth round – I think that shows my character. It shows my fighting IQ – I knew exactly how and when to land that punch. All things considered, I think this will be a good evening for me. I know that my opponent is cool and good – I have no illusions about this. But I truly believe I’m better than him and I just don’t see how he can come out and beat me in London.”
A welterweight title fight between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman will be the main event of UFC 286 on March 18 in London.