UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya believes that Kamaru Usman’s opponent this weekend, Leon Edwards, is the biggest threat the pound-for-pound number one can face, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
Adesanya and Usman have both defended their belts five times and certainly know what it takes to win a title fight.
Usman will be chasing a sixth successful title defence when he faces Edwards at UFC 278. The last time the two faced was nearly seven years ago, when Usman won by unanimous decision and handed Edwards his last loss. Usman is still undefeated in the UFC (15-0).
Adesanya is friends with both Usman and Edwards, and recently gave an analysis on the upcoming fight on his YouTube show, ‘FREESTYLEBENDER’.
He said, “The biggest threat to Kamaru’s throne is Leon Edwards.
“I’m going with Kamaru because of his momentum right now. Also, I know how hard he works — I talked to him.”
Adesanya added that it would be a really tough task to beat Usman, comparing the bout to one of his previous fights.
“Usman is a guy right now that has momentum behind him and Leon. I feel like (Edwards) is a guy that deserves this title shot because he’s been overlooked for so long, because he’s not a guy that sells or that talks or whatever. But this fight right here — don’t be surprised if this fight looks like me versus (Kelvin) Gastelum. It’s going to be who has this (points to heart) more.”