Leon Edwards believes he should be fighting for the title next against Kamaru Usman. Although they have fought before, the Englishman is not impressed with the champ’s skills.
Looking back on the first fight, Edwards says he is a much different fighter and knows he can beat Usman. Why? Well, he says he is a better striker, better at jiu-jitsu, and his takedown defense will play a factor.
“I went into the fight with a defensive mind state. I was more thinking about not getting taken down more than what I want to do to him. For that fight, it was more mental for me, than anything,” Edwards said to BJPENN.com.
“Obviously, I’ve improved leaps and bounds in my technique. I believe I will go out there and beat him. I’ll better him wherever the fight goes. I am a better striker than him, I am better at jiu-jitsu. He’s a great wrestler, but so am I. So, I believe I will beat him. That fight, I was just young… I’m a totally different human being from then, and I believe I will get the job done.”
Yet, Edwards will have to wait until Colby Covington gets the shot first. But, the Englishman is not impressed by either of them and thinks they both are mediocre strikers.
“I don’t know, ‘cos they’re both similar fighters. They’re both the same thing: mediocre strikers, (they’ve got) wrestling, (but) shit jiu-jitsu,” he explained. “They’re both the same kind of fighters but probably Usman. I think he’s got a little more power and strength then Colby.”
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