What will happen when Leon Edwards finally challenges Kamaru Usman for welterweight gold. Well, according to former Welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns, the fight will be the champ’s closest yet. Going on ‘Food Truck Diaries’ Burns outlined how he thinks the division plays out.
Leon vs Kamaru
Now on a 10 fight unbeaten run, Leon Edwards has surely earned his shot at the title. Dana White went on record and said as much himself to BT Sports earlier this year in March. The current champ, Kamaru Usman has been as dominant a champion as any. Currently ranked number one pound for pound, and winning all 15 of his UFC bouts. This fight is one everyone has been excited for. Waiting for Usman to recover from a hand injury, this fight is surely only around the corner.
The match-up has already taken place way back in 2015, with the current welterweight king picking up the win. However, over six years later, Edwards is in the form of his life. Improving fight to fight and showing everyone why he’s such a threat and can do what no other has. A long list of top competition has fallen foul to the force of Usman. From, Colby Covington, Jorge Masvidal and Gilbert Burns.
Burns, recently going on ‘Food Truck Diaries’ has given his thoughts on the upcoming bout between “Rocky” and “The Nigerian Nightmare”. As someone who has extensive knowledge about the champ, both as a training partner and competitor. Gilbert knows how high the skills will need to be to beat Kamaru.
Burns started by giving Leon plenty of praise. “I’m telling you right now, Leon Edwards is very underrated,” he sent further compliments the Brits way explaining “That guy is very good. Just think about it: a striker, long and a southpaw. That’s already tough, and that guy has a great team.”
He went on to touch on his prior knowledge of Usman. “I know Kamaru pretty well, but that fight is gonna be close. That fight is gonna be close, and I think if you got these three guys, me in my opinion, Colby, Khamzat, and Leon, Leon has the best chance to beat Usman.”
He concluded his thoughts on the bout saying “Kamaru is very smart. He’s been there a couple of times. I think he’s gonna take the fight very serious, but if he doesn’t, it’s a mistake. It’s a rematch, now fighting for the title. That guy’s been waiting for the opportunity.”
Rumoured to be taking place at UFC 278, do you agree with Gilbert Burns?
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