Leon Edwards, the third-ranked UFC representative in the middleweight division, said he lost to Kamaru Osman in 2015, which is one of his main motivators to continue his stunning career until the top of the division.
Since that fight, Leon Edwards has set himself the task of making up for the loss to the Nigerian Nightmare and has not lost a single fight. In a recent interview with Englishman James James, Edwards was asked if the defeat would end anyway. He replied:
“Yes, of course. Every day. That’s what drives me. It motivates me to win.”
There was a fourth battle against Edwards Osman. The “Nigerian Nightmare” used Leon to dominate the fight for a long period of time. The judges unanimously considered it a victory for ‘Uthman.
Leon Edwards strongly links the change in the training camp to Osman’s loss
Leon Edwards points out that in the fight with Kamaru Usman, he changed gyms and moved from Team Renegade in Birmingham, England to AKA in California, USA. The reason for this move was due to pressure from his partners.
“There’s something weird when you get a degree in the UK and they’re like, ‘You have to go to America.’ you start because older kids are telling you that. You have to go to America, you have to do it. I started believing it and I went to AKA, ”Leon Edwards said.
Unfortunately for Edwards, this change in camp was the main reason he lost to Osman. The game plan devised by the AKA coaches placed great emphasis on defensive thinking, a method that was in stark contrast to Edwards ’strengths.
“I struggled with defensive thinking,” Leon Edwards said. “I wasn’t thinking about what to do, it was just about what he was going to do and I let him do it. It’s not a good way to look at life or fight.”