MMA professional Islam Makhachev thinks Leon Edwards will take out Kamaru Usman on August 20 to claim the welterweight belt was a fluke and the Brit would find it impossible to repeat the feat next time he faces the Nigerian .

Edwards (19-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) dethroned Usman (20-2 MMA, 15-1 UFC) with a stunning round 5 head-kick knockout at UFC 278. Edwards lost three rounds from one on his way to the final frame, but was able to finish Usman with less than a minute left in their fight.

But because Usman was able to knock down Edwards repeatedly and control him for most of the fight, Makhachev (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) thinks “The Nigerian Nightmare” was mere bad luck. Based on the way the fight went, Makhachev expects Usman to regain his belt with ease.

“Edwards was lucky because Usman beat him almost all five rounds,” Makhachev told ESPN.

“First round, (Edwards) knocked him down, took his back, but other rounds (Usman) beat him very easily, knocked him down many times and knocked him there. If they start fighting again in a rematch, I think 100 per cent Kamaru is going to beat him because Edwards has the same problem, always with struggling guys.”

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A trilogy fight with Usman is expected to take place before Edwards’ first title defense. PUNCH Sports Extra reported Wednesday that Usman had told TMZ he didn’t want to run out and finish Edwards, which ultimately cost him.

Makhachev, himself an elite grappler, meets Charles Oliveira for the vacant lightweight title in the main event of UFC 280 on October 22 in Abu Dhabi.

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