Chael Sonnen Claims Leon Edwards Cheated ‘A Whole Bunch Of Times’ Against Kamaru Usman

Sonnen says nobody is talking about Edwards cheating at UFC 278.

Usman Faces Off Edwards
(via @leonedwardsmma - Instagram)

There is something that happened during Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards 2 that no one is talking about.

Sonnen: ‘Leon cheated in that match’

At least, that’s what former UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen says. Sonnen claims Edwards cheated multiple times in their title rematch which took place at UFC 278. ‘Uncle Chael’ argues Edwards’ fence grabs in the fight didn’t get enough spotlight. 

“There’s a lot more in Leon versus Usman and nobody spoke of it,” Sonnen said on his YouTube channel. “Kamaru is apparently too much of a gentleman to, in conjunction with it appears Kamaru is going to get the rematch so there is no need for it. But Leon cheated in that match a whole bunch of times. That is not a headline or a topic that is out there anywhere, I do not want to be the one to bring that to you.”

“I’m a guy that operates in the gray,” Sonnen added. “I’m not giving him a hard time for the story to be told accurately, nobody’s wanting to touch that. Leon was frustrated in positions and had no way out of positions to the extent that he cheated repeatedly, not once, not an accident, not the ref didn’t see it… the ref broke the act five or six times…

“So now you’re in a fifth round that you never should’ve been in potentially,” Sonnen continued. “You take a kick in a fight that you were winning, that you were trying to finish, and you had the position you needed to get said finish and the opponent cheated three times…Leon learned a lot in this fight. When Leon goes to prepare for Kamaru again, he’s going to have some confidence…it’s a strong word to say cheated, but what other word do you want to use?”

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Published on August 29, 2022 at 7:52 pm
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