Third-ranked UFC welterweight Leon Edwards has revealed that his 2015 loss to Kamaru Usman is considered one of his major motivators to proceed his spectacular run of kind to the highest of the division.
Since that struggle, Leon Edwards has made it his mission to get again his loss to ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ and has not misplaced a single bout. In a latest interview with James English, Edwards was requested if the defeat nonetheless stings. He replied:
“Yeah for certain. Day by day. That is what drives me. It motivates me to maintain successful.”
Edwards got here up brief towards Usman in what was solely his fourth UFC struggle. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ utilized dominant wrestling to regulate Leon for lengthy stretches of the struggle. The judges deemed it a unanimous resolution victory for Usman.
Leon Edwards closely attributes a change in coaching camp to the Usman loss
Leon Edwards states that within the buildup to his struggle with Kamaru Usman, he modified gyms, shifting from Workforce Renegade in Birmingham, England, to AKA in California, USA. The explanation for this transfer was supposedly right down to stress from his fellow fighters.
“Within the UK, there is a bizarre factor once you get to a degree and so they’re like “it’s good to go to America.” To enhance. You may’t do it from Birmingham. There isn’t any one there to coach with, blah blah blah. As a child, you begin believing it as a result of the older guys are telling you this. You could go to America, it’s good to do that. I began believing it and went to AKA,” stated Leon Edwards.
Sadly for Edwards, this transformation in camp was supposedly the first cause for the loss to Usman. The sport plan formulated by the coaches at AKA had a heavy emphasis on a defensive mindset, a technique completely reverse to Edwards’ strengths.
“I fought with a defensive mindset,” stated Leon Edwards. “I wasn’t fascinated about what I wanted to do, it was extra nearly what he will do and do I let him do it. That is not a great way to take a look at life or preventing.”