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Conor McGregor weighed in on Kamaru Usman’s first ever UFC loss in a typically savage manner. The welterweight champion was on his way to making the sixth defence of his title against Edwards in their rematch, being up on the judges' scorecards heading into the final round of the fight.
He was in control heading into the fifth round and was cruising his way to a decision win, but Edwards landed a Hail Mary head kick that rendered the champion unconscious as he suffered his first UFC loss. This prompted McGregor to head to social media and mock Usman after the shocking defeat.
He tweeted: "Hahahahahhhahajaaj" just moments after the Nigerian was knocked out and continued. "Mi no lika the boi no sleep dem man hahahaha t*** got t****ed." McGregor also added: "Usman gonna come out saying he from Pluto after that smack hahah Marty green pants from Pluto."
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Providing his analysis on the fight, the Irishman added: “Not even a relatively high kick. Fully leaned into his own death. One leaned his way to victory. Another leaned his way to death. Crazy sport, I love!” He also took time to congratulate Edwards on the biggest win of his career. "An amazing scene to witness! Huge congrats Leon! A real good, solid and dedicated mixed martial artist! The uk’s second only ufc champion! Incredible! Congrats mate! @ParadigmSports.”
The Nigerian went into his championship title defence with Britain's Leon Edwards as the huge favourite, given his undefeated UFC record. In addition to being the pound-for-pound king and already owning a victory over the 30-year-old, Usman was expected to retain his title.
But Edwards had other ideas as he set the tone in the first round by tripping Usman and therefore became the first fighter in UFC history to successfully take down the 2010 NCAA Division Two national champion. Usman steadied the ship and looked to be wearing down.
But Edwards was overcome with emotion after his brutal fifth round head kick sealed the win and leapt over the cage in celebration. He returned to the octagon to give an interview and was thrilled to prove the naysayers wrong.
The Birmingham local is now uneaten in his last 11 fights and became the first British champion since Michael Bisping in 2016 and only the second in history. "You all doubted me, saying I couldn't do it – look at me now," said Edwards. "I'm from the trenches. I'm built like this. I've been doubted my whole life but look at me now.
"I was born in Jamaica with nothing, I lived in a wooden shack with a zinc roof. Look at me now, champion of the world. I told you I could do it. Thank you to the UFC for giving the kid that was born with nothing an opportunity to do something."
Backstage he thanked his family and the UK for the support en route to his crowning achievement.
"I'm proud of myself, I'm proud of my team,” he added. “Thank you to the UK. Thank you to Jamaica and thank you to my mum for getting me into MMA at the age of 17."
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