Leon Edwards was not impressed by Kamaru Usman’s TKO win over Colby Covington.
Edwards believes it was a close fight but he says watching it gave him confidence that he would beat both of them.
“I thought it was a good fight. It was probably 50/50 leading into the fifth. Both men came out and did what they needed to do,” Edwards said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA show, (via BJPENN.com). “But I think being there and watching the fight, it gave me more confidence knowing that in 2020, I will be the world champion. I will beat both of the guys. I just know I’ve improved so much over the years. From being there and seeing it, I know I will defeat both of them.”
Although Usman beat Edwards years ago, the Englishman says he has evolved a ton while the welterweight champion has not. And, he believes his striking would be the difference-maker.
“Not really. It was a striking match and it was basically two wrestlers in a boxing match,” he explained. “It’s hard to be impressed by two wrestlers in a boxing match. I feel I have every tool in the box to go out there and defeat these guys.”