Fans back Usman to bounce back after Edwards defeat

By Daily Sports Nigeria on March 20, 2023

Following another defeat to British Leon Edwards in the UFC 278 title fight, several fans have thrown their weight behind ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ to bounce back as soon as possible, The PUNCH reports.

Edwards clung on to his welterweight title with a second successive win over Usman on Sunday morning at the 02 Arena in London.

Having won snatched the belt from Usman with a stunning final-round head kick last August, Edwards needed the judges at UFC 286 in London, but ran out a deserved winner after five rounds. Two judges scored the fight in Edwards’ favour by two rounds (48-46), while the third scored the bout a draw (47-47).

Despite the defeat, Usman received a pat on the back from his teeming supporters as he hopes to return to winning ways soon.

“You (Usman) are a true champion inside and outside of the octagon! Your humility and sportsmanship are a testament to your character. Much respect for giving credit where it’s due and congratulating. Keep grinding and bouncing back stronger,” Kofi Oni wrote.

David Attah also added, “I’m following you today, you are my hero. Even in defeat, you showed strength, power, maturity & courage. You displayed great sportsmanship towards your opponent after the fight, that’s professionalism. You promised to get back to work, that’s the spirit of a champion.”

Some of them, however, acknowledged Edwards superiority over ‘The Nigerian Nightmare.’

“Well, you showed up to fight man, that’s admirable in itself. You were a good champ at welterweight man, Leon is your dad but that doesn’t take away from everything you’ve done in your division, definitely one of the best welterweights of all time,” Cameron Overton wrote.

Usman was very respectful in his post-fight interview and pledged to face Edwards again.

“I think I did enough to win the fight but I knew it was close,” Usman told BT Sports.

“He had a great game plan. I always said from the start we’d meet again and I’m not done. We will see each other again. I always gave him props for what he accomplished. He’s a brother like myself and has great respect. London you’ve got yourself a great champion.”

When he wanted to get back in the octagon to restart a climb to the top of the division, Usman said, “Not too long. I’ll get back with my coaches. I’m one of those guys, I can’t sit for too long.

“I’ll spend some time with my daughter. You guys get to watch us but you don’t know what we have to sacrifice to be here. We put it on the line every time.”

Most recently, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ took to Twitter, where he issued a statement on the setback.

“A special thank you to my management, family, friends, and fans. I appreciate each and every one of you. Wasn’t my night but as always, we go back to work. Congratulations @Leon_edwardsmma great work.”

UFC President Dana White made it clear at the post-fight press conference that Colby Covington will be the next man to challenge Edwards for the belt.

The Brown Family @TheGamingBrowns on his Twitter handle expressed his support for Usman, noting that he is the true Idol.

“You’re such a champion bro.. both of you… but Mr.Usman you’re legit one of my idols. Love ya man.”

Redmirage2020 @redmirage2020 hailed the Nigerian for putting up a good fight and is confident of the former champion returning better.

“Was a great fight. Excellent sportsmanship. You’ll be back.”

Isa Mutlib FIEP @isamutlib said: “Huge respect for being such a long-reigning champ and giving us some special nights. Excited to see where you go next.”

Unekwuojo @iamMista_jay added: “Keep your head up, Come Back Stronger.”

Source Punch Ng

Posted March 20, 2023


 

You may also like...
Ighalo Sets Sights On Saudi League Title

Sarri: Chelsea Won’t Force Hazard to Stay

Ariam Usaka Foundation Congratulates Abia State Governor Elect,...

St Andrew Of Benin City, Super Sheraton Ughelli...

Naples Mayor Wants Stadium Renamed For Maradona

I’ll fight Joshua in UK but he’ll have...

 

Latest News W’Cup qualifiers: Rangers’ Igboke replaces injured Osimhen Eaglets miss U-17 AFCON despite beating Ghana ‘Hoopers still have more work to do’ Ahead Paris Olympics: Lagos SWAN, NDLEA, Defence Hqtrs, Nigeria Police Hold Symposium On Drugs Abuse W’Cup qualifiers: Osimhen to miss S’Africa, Benin Republic clashes Ronaldo breaks Saudi Pro League scoring record Oshoala wins Women’s UCL best goal award Osimhen named in Serie A Team of The Season Cheers as blind society marks sports day Rangers maintain top spot as NPFL resumes Chukwuma, Godbless qualify for Paris Olympics Hoopers begin BAL playoffs against AS Douanes

 

Most Read Rangers International going, going . . . (53,960 views) Amaju Pinnick: A cat with nine lives (44,989 views) Second Term: Amaju Pinnick, Other NFF Heavyweights Home to Roost •How Pinnick Broke the Jinx (43,096 views) Missing $150,000 IAAF Grant: Solomon Dalung’s Hide and Seek game (42,743 views) Sports Development: Zenith Bank on the zenith (42,557 views) Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje’s solid footprints, commitment to sports development in Kano State (42,432 views) Current issues in Nigerian sports: Matters arising (42,320 views) NFF Presidency: Pinnick, Maigari, Ogunjobi, Okoye in Battle for Supremacy (41,804 views) Olopade, BET9A wave of revolution in NNL (40,817 views) Commonwealth Games 2018: Shame of Muhammadu Buhari, Solomon Dalung (39,806 views) Ibrahimovic’s Man U exit: Whose decision is it? And in whose interest? (38,189 views) John Mikel Obi: Segun Odegbami’s Outrageous Call! (37,736 views)

 

Phone numbers

Tel: +234(0)8066020976
+234(0)8055068145
+234(0)7013416146
+234(0)8094272884

Email addresses

info@dailysportsng.com
support@dailysportsng.com
publisher@dailysportsng.com

Office address

No 3, Adetoun Close, Off College Road, Ogba, Ikeja Lagos.
Website: www.dailysportsng.com

Social Media