Bee UFC 278, Kamaru Usman lost his welterweight title to Leon Edwards by last minute knockout when he was leading 3-1.

In the fifth round, Englishman Edwards knocked him out with a high kick and prevented him from defending the welterweight title for the sixth time.

However, Usman has now explained why such a knockout and defeat happened, and according to him it happened because he was chasing the finish line. Kamaru told TMZ Sports; “No, that’s not who I am,” said Usman TMZ.

“When I fight, I step on the metal and don’t look at the clock. I’m a goer, when I hear the (horn), I still want to go, and when the umpire says, ‘Break, go to your corners,’ I still want to go.

“That’s the way I fight. I wanted the finish line, it was just a nice technique. I could have taken it down, but I really wanted a finish and when I was setting up, and only God knows what I was setting up, I didn’t land it, (who knows) how much damage it could have done, but it was just a beautiful technique.”

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He added: “He threw head kicks during the fight, I blocked them all,” Usman said. “That was just money, I’m almost impressed with how good it was, but it happens. Champions fall, then they come back and show why they are champions.”

UFC President Dana White has repeatedly said the promotion’s plan is to stage a trilogy fight in London in early 2023.

“How do you not (do a trilogy)? Yes (I want to do it in England),” White revealed. “I don’t think (Leon) should be waiting anyway. He didn’t have to wait that long. He should go back to camp and start training anyway.

“First of all, we need to have the date. I think we are now fully booked until January. He will not be waited for, even if it is a rematch.”

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