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I‘m still UFC’s No.1, insists Usman

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 I m still UFC s No 1 insists Usman
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Former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman believes he is still the best welterweight fighter in the UFC despite losing to Leon Edwards at UFC 278 in August.
This marked only the second professional loss of Usman’s impressive career up to this point. Suffering a late shock defeat to Edwards via fifth round head kick knockout, Usman saw his championship reign slip from his fingers.
The fight was going Usman’s way for much of the duration and because of that, the Nigerian-American feels it’s no secret who the better fighter is, despite the outcome.
“I’ve lost before,” Usman told TMZ Sports. “I wrestled in high school and I lost a lot until I started winning then I went to college wrestling and I lost until I didn’t, then I started fighting and I lost and started winning. So, it’s one thing, I know how to go to work and come back. I dealt with it how I’m supposed to deal with it.”
Not only does Usman think he is the best welterweight in the world, but he also believes Edwards knows that is the case as well.
“I’m still a champion in my head. That’s the thing too is, come on, guys, who’re we kidding? The world knows who the best welterweight in the world is. Leon and I know who the best welterweight in the world is. He knows (I’m better than him).”
Usman and Edwards are all tied up with a win-a-piece in their series. Their trilogy bout is expected to come sometime in early 2023, providing the champion, Edwards, with home advantage in a big arena in the United Kingdom.
“Everyone really puts their identity wrapped around being a champion,” Usman said. “That’s one thing when I wanted to become a champion; I was working to be a champion. That’s one thing I always mentally kind of told myself that I never wanted to do; it’s not about the belt for me. It’s the work that I put in each and every day to get there is what makes me a champion on the inside and I know that I’m the best Welterweight in the world, I know that.
“To be honest with you, I think I’m the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world,” he added. “It’s kind of hard to argue with what Islam (Makhachev) just did, but I know I’m the best welterweight in the world. So, I don’t feel just cause I don’t have the belt right now, it’s nothing. Even when I was trying to fight these guys for that title and these guys were telling me, ‘No, we don’t want to fight you, you don’t deserve it.’ I knew I was the best. Just like sitting right here, I know I’m the best.”

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