‘The fight’s on’ — Edwards confirms he’s going to rematch Usman in London

The powerful-anticipated trilogy between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman is formally going down at UFC 286, in step with Edwards. The UFC has given the rematch the poke-forward, and we’re upright ready for the decent discover.

“Yeah, 100%, that’s what I’ve been told, that’s what my group has been told,” Edwards told Michael Bisping at some level of a present appearance on Imagine You Me (h/t Mike Heck). “I spoke to the UFC remaining week, I mediate, and moreover they said, ‘The fight’s on, he’s already training for the fight.’

“I am aiming towards that, and if the relaxation changes for the time being, we’ll poke from there. But now I’m targeted on the trilogy with Usman in London.”

Edwards knocked out Usman with a remaining-minute head kick at UFC 278, securing the welterweight title and cementing his suppose as one of the essential excellent warring parties within the sport by removing the then-No.1 pound-for-pound fighter on the earth.

In the trilogy, he expects “an entirely diversified fight” but predicts the will doubtless be the identical: a decisive knockout.

“I upright must arrangement how he reacts to getting knocked out frigid, and peep how he reacts traveling to the U.Okay., seeing how loopy the followers are and upright peep how he comes motivate attributable to he’s no longer getting no youthful,” Edwards said. “He’s, what, 35, 36? Perhaps older? Let’s peep how he comes motivate.

“It’ll be an entirely diversified fight — I’ve said it, my coaches have said it. I’ve below no circumstances lost within the U.Okay., amateur or pro, so I’m angry. I basically like fighting in entrance of my company and my household, and yeah, I mediate it’s going to be an entirely diversified fight. If he thinks he’s entering into there and it’s going to be the identical fight, he’s in for a impolite awakening.”

UFC 286, which is anticipated to characteristic Edwards vs. Usman III because the most essential tournament, is scheduled to determine save on March 18 at The O2 Arena in London, England.

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