I have more UK fans than Leon Edwards
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Former UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is preparing for a warm reception in the UK for his anticipated trilogy with Leon Edwards.
Usman lost to Edwards by fifth-round knockout at UFC 278 a few weeks ago in Salt Lake City. After Usman looked set to be on his way to another successful welterweight title defense, Edwards caught Usman with a headbutt to win the title.
Edwards became only the second English champion in UFC history and the first since Michael Bisping won the middleweight belt. Fans greeted him with a relatively small entourage at a UK airport after the win.
Ahead of what is arguably one of the greatest trilogies in UFC history, Usman is confident he will get plenty of love from UK fans.
Kamaru Usman feels he will be ‘well represented’ in UK trilogy with Leon Edwards
During recent appearance on The Joe Rogan ExperienceUsman made a bold statement about supporting Edwards in the UK.
“Now you’re in their country, which honestly I think I’m going to have more fans in his country than he will have,” Usman said. “It’s not a blow to Leon. I love Leon; I really do. Half of England is Africa. There are a lot of Nigerians in England, a lot of Nigerians. He knows there are a lot of Nigerians and Jamaicans. But I think I will be well represented in England.
Usman has become a global star since scoring massive knockouts against Jorge Masvidal and Gilbert Burns. Usman relishes the sense of relief that comes when a champion loses his title, though he’s looking forward to getting revenge on Edwards.
If the UFC plan comes to fruition, Usman is confident he will have a large following across the pond.
Do you think Kamaru Usman will have a large fanbase in attendance for the planned UK trilogy with Leon Edwards?