Conor McGregor Says Leon Edwards’ KO of Kamaru Usman Warrants Him More Than ‘Comeback of the Year’

'The Notorious' argued 'Rocky's head kick finish of 'The Nigerian Nightmare' should get him everything

Conor McGregor, Leon Edwards
Credit: Conor McGregor, UFC (via Twitter)

Conor McGregor says Leon Edwards’ head-kick knockout of Kamaru Usman warrants him more than just the comeback of the year.

Reigning UFC welterweight champion Edwards faced former champion, Usman, in August at UFC 278. Usman put in an impressive performance and appeared set to add another title defense under his belt until Edwards pulled off one of the most shocking upsets in history. He landed a vicious kick to the head of Usman in the last minute of the bout to become the second British UFC titleholder.

Conor McGregor says Leon Edwards’ KO of Kamaru Usman should get him more than ‘comeback of the year’

Edwards’ finish of Usman got nominated for the Comeback of the Year honor. Former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor took to Twitter to argue Edwards warrants more than just that sole award.

“Stop the nonsense “comeback” of the year , this is EVERYTHING of the year! Bar none. The timing of commentary. The timing of the fight. The shot itself. The KO. The ramifications. The post speech. Pound for pound head shot. Dead! This lives on! Team @ParadigmSports!“

 

McGregor is eyeing a return in 2023

‘The Notorious’ has been out of action since taking on Louisiana bruiser Dustin Poirier in July 2021 at UFC 264. He suffered a horrific leg break injury that forced him to undergo surgery and stay on the sidelines. He recently wrapped up shooting for his Hollywood debut in the nearing remake of the 1989 film Road House alongside A-list actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

He had previously expressed interest in challenging Usman for the title but now that he is dethroned, things are more complicated. Edwards is under Paradigm Sports, partly owned by Conor McGregor, and even hit the Irish icon’s famous billionaire walk celebration after scoring the knockout. So, a matchup between the two could create a conflict of interest for McGregor. In either case, he will need to remain in the USADA drug testing pool for at least six months before he’s eligible to return, targeted for the second quarter of 2023.

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