In the headliner of Saturday’s pay-per-view event, held in Salt Lake City, Utah, Edwards secured his place in history as the United Kingdom’s second-ever UFC titleholder. To follow in Michael Bisping’s gold-winning footsteps, “Rocky” accomplished a feat that was rarely predicted or thought to be possible on the night.
While the buildup to the fight didn’t replicate the likes of which we saw when Usman was paired with the trash-talking Covington, there were certainly some elements of animosity and heat at play — from Edwards’ doubts about Usman’s pound-for-pound greatness claim to the now-former champ’s desire to get some revenge for the Brit’s 2015 face-off push.
Ultimately, there was respect between the two men, and while they didn’t appear to overly embrace inside the Octagon post-fight, both have since addressed each other on social media.
Edwards Shows Usman Respect, Brands Rematch An “Honour”
Having promised to rebound and prove his greatness following the upset loss at UFC 278, Usman congratulated Edwards on the victory in a tweet.
Taking time away from his celebrations, Edwards, whose crowning made him the first Jamaican-born champion in UFC history, showed respect to his two-time opponent, describing their rematch as an “honour.”
“Respect @Usman84kg it was an honour to run it back,” Edwards wrote on Twitter. “Rest up and enjoy time with your family.”
It stands to reason that the two elite 170lbers will continue their interactions moving forward, with a trilogy fight between the pair likely to be the next step in the welterweight title picture.
How do you think the likely trilogy fight between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman will play out?