- Laura Sanko weighed in on Kamaru Usman’s performance against Leon Edwards at UFC 278
- “Fancy” thinks “The Nigerian Nightmare” should’ve stuck to grappling
Leading into his rematch against Leon Edwards at UFC 278, Kamaru Usman was confident that he would successfully defend his welterweight title. In all fairness, “The Nigerian Nightmare” was just a few minutes away from getting it done, having found tremendous success on his grappling for the most part.
However, Laura Sanko reckoned that Usman kind of relaxed in the final round and eventually got knocked out by Edwards with a head-kick for the ages.
Usman made an “error”
In a recent interview with Submission Radio, Sanko said that Usman sure had thought about finishing “Rocky” via a highlight reel knockout. However, that wasn’t a smart thing to do, especially when he knew he was up in the score cards. For Sanko, “The Nigerian Nightmare” should’ve relied on his grappling en route to the final bell.
“It’s extra shiny when you knock someone out. You want that adulation. You want that praise. You want that highlight reel,” Sanko said of Usman’s performance. “It’s hard not to chase those moments when you know you’re capable of achieving them. I don’t know. I think he made an error obviously in not looking to grappling again but he was grappling right before he broke him up. It’s just crazy.”
The trilogy fight is very likely to happen
Surely, Usman and his team will be working on the mistake they made at UFC 278. The now former welterweight champion has vowed to make a strong comeback and Edwards, meanwhile, is very open to a rubber match.
UFC president Dana White said it’s very likely to happen and the massive bout would require a bigger venue. Considering the success of the company in London, White is thinking about the Wembley Stadium but is “scared” of the sudden changes of the weather in England.
Nevertheless, it’s already music to our ears to know that a trilogy fight is viable.