Usman appreciates support, vows to bounce-back
Nigerian UFC legend Kamaru Usman has expressed appreciation for fans’ support but vowed to bounce back from his weekend defeat.
He was knocked out by British-Jamaican fighter Lewis Edwards when Usman appeared to be seconds away from a 16th consecutive victory.
Had he won, Usman would have tied an all-time UFC record.
But following his shock defeat and the outpouring of support from fans around the world, Usman was relieved.
“I am truly overwhelmed by all the support. I am ok, just got caught in the right spot,” he said via twitter
“These things happen. We will learn from them and do what greatness requires.”
Usman congratulated Lewis for the win, but vowed to return stronger.
“Champs mess-up sometimes… but we bounce back and come with vengeance!!”
“Damn I love this sport!!! Things happen but… Alhamdulillah we move!!”
Usman had defeated Edwards in their previous meeting in 2015 but this victory makes the 30-year old the second British fighter to hold a UFC title after Michael Bisping in 2016.