Khamzat Chimaev says he doesn't think Kamaru Usman will be the same

‘Now you know you’re human’: Khamzat Chimaev says he doesn’t think Kamaru Usman will be the same again after shock Leon Edwards defeat at UFC 278

  •  Kamaru Usman was left on the canvas after he suffered a headkick by Edwards
  • It was the first knockout defeat of the Nigerian Nightmare’s career
  • Khamzat Chimaev says his heir of invincibility will no longer be there  

Khamzat Chimaev believes Kamaru Usman will be a changed man after losing to Leon Edwards.

Usman’s title reign came to an end as Leon Edwards shocked the world by becoming the first man to knock out the Nigerian at UFC 278.

Another victory for Usman would have almost certainly meant a match up with Chimaev, provided the undefeated rising star beat Nate Diaz this weekend.

Diaz will face off against Khamzat Chimaev in the main event of UFC 279 on Saturday

Reflecting on Usman’s defeat, Chimaev told ESPN: ‘It was a crazy fight, good fight.

‘I learned a lot of things about that fight. It was funny to watch, [Usman] was too much high up. 

“I’m gonna fight with Canelo [Alvarez]”, and he got shot. He wasn’t focused and he said, “I’m always focused”, and a lot of things. “I want to make money”… Leon comes and shot his head, dropped the guy.

‘I don’t think he’ll be the same guy again. In the mind. We’ve seen a lot of champions thinking, “nobody can beat me”, because he defend so many times. “Now I’m unbeatable”, that kind of thing, and bam, somebody knock you out. Now you know you’re human, as well.’

Usman is expected to face Edwards once again as he looks to recapture UFC gold, with the trilogy bout between the pair likely to take place in early 2023. 

Kamara Usman admitted that Leon Edwards gave him a 20-minute nap with a KO at UFC 278


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