Leon Edwards received a special message from fellow Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt ahead of his title shot against Kamaru Usman. The gold medalist sprinter showed his support for his countrymen and had faith in him.
UFC 278 headliner suprised every MMA fan in the world when the challenger Leon Edwards knocked out pound-for-pound king and welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. Edwards entered the octagon as the underdog with several MMA fans being skeptical of his worthiness of the title shot. Rocky competed two times last year against Belal Muhammad ended as a no-contest and against non ranked Nate Diaz, which he won via unanimous decision.
Usman was dominating the whole match but Edwards managed to pull a comeback in the last minute. He delivered a head kick after faking his jab. The impact of the kick knocked Usman out cold and ended his reign as both welterweight champion and pound-for-pound king.
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The shocking victory is still a hot topic after several days of his triumph. The 30-year-old Jamaican born recently revealed that he received a video message from famous sprinter Usain Bolt.
Usain Bolt recorded himself and gave Edwards an emotional support and made Edwards pretty pumped up.
“I heard you have a championship fight tonight, boss. I know you’re gonna get it done, alright? We’re supporting you, we’re ready, alright? Get it done. Let’s go!” Bolt said.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) August 23, 2022
Leon Edwards became the first Jamaican-born MMA pro to win a UFC championship. That was also his first title shot in the UFC and defeating Kamaru Usman surely felt like an impossible task.
As for his next, given how upsetting his victory was, it is highly believed that Edwards will run it back with Usman to have a trilogy. UFC president Dana White recently said that he is planning to have their third outing in England and debated the possibility of going to a stadium.