- Kamaru Usman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz is confident Leon Edwards rematch will be an easy fight
- Abdelaziz declares Gilbert Burns as the only fighter who put the “Nigerian Nightmare” in danger
After aiding a hand injury, Kamaru Usman will finally make his long-awaited return as he takes on Leon Edwards for the second time at UFC 278. Ahead of the fight, Usman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz made a shocking revelation and his early prediction.
The P4P king has his next opponent set 😤
Kamaru Usman will face Leon Edwards at UFC 278 on August 20. pic.twitter.com/sJSgOQ16NV
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) June 12, 2022
And still, no sweat
In a recent interview with The Schmo, Abdelaziz said that regardless of who’s who in the welterweight division right now, Usman will still remain at the top of the chain. And though it has been nearly seven years since “The Nigerian Nightmare” last fought Edwards, the outcome will still be the same no matter how good of a fighter and person “Rocky” has been since then,
“Tough opponent… I respect Leon, he’s a really nice guy but Leon is at the wrong, wrong place at the wrong time. It’s not the time to fight Kamaru Usman,” Abdelaziz stressed. “He’s gonna make it look easy. Again one more time… Kamaru’s gonna beat his a** like it’s it.”
Abdelaziz went on to rave about Usman and even though Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington made it to five rounds with the champ, only Brazil’s Gilbert Burns was able to put his client in danger inside the octagon.
“The only time Kamaru was in danger was in Gilbert [Burns fight],” he said. “And he come back and finished Gilbert… This is fact, he played with these guys, make them look like they’re easy. I have not seen anybody… nobody have shown me, they can step in and give him the time.”
Usman will defend his 170-pound strap for the sixth time and we’ll see if he will still be the UFC’s pound-for-pound king. Aside from keeping his welterweight belt, Usman is also eyeing GOAT status as he plans to move up to light heavyweight soon.