Usman (20-3 MMA, 15-2 UFC) addressed the crowd after his UFC 286 defeat to Leon Edwards on Saturday at the O2 Arena in London. Despite being on the first multifight losing streak of his career, Usman vowed to continue fighting.
“I think I did enough to win the fight, but I knew it was a close fight,” Usman told Daniel Cormier after the fight.
“Great game plan. Great game plan. You know, I’ve always said it from the start: I knew I’d see Leon again, and we did it. I’m not done. I’ll see him again, but he put on a hell of a game plan. I’ve always given him props for everything he’s been able to accomplish. He’s a brother, like myself. Much respect. London, you’ve got yourself a hell of a guy, a great champion.”
“I’m going to get back with my coaches because I’m one of those guys, I can’t sit for too long,” Usman said.
“I start getting antsy. I’m going to talk to my coaches. I’ll get back, sit back, and relax, spend some time with my daughter. You (fans) get to come here and get entertained by us, but a lot of you guys don’t know what we go through in training camp just to prepare for this, just to get in there and give you guys a show. So guys, much respect to the fighters. We put it on the line for you guys each and every time.”