Even if Leon Edwards defeats Kamaru Usman and wins the welterweight championship at UFC 278, the two fighters still have unfinished business.
The rematch between Usman (20-1 MMA, 15-0 UFC) and Edwards (18-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) will take place on Saturday at Vivint Arena. Edwards lost to Usman by unanimous decision at UFC on FOX 17 in December 2015. Preliminaries may be seen on ESPN/ABC and ESPN+, while the main card is only available via pay-per-view.
Dana White, president of the UFC, has stated in advance that a trilogy bout between Usman, Edwards, and McGregor will take place immediately should Edwards win the championship. A willing and prepared "Rocky" stated his agreement with such assessment and anticipation of the rematch.
“For sure – 100 percent,” Edwards told reporters. “He’s been a dominant champion, so naturally in sport in boxing or MMA, when you defend the belt a couple times or been dominant, you get a rematch. So, I definitely envision doing it again.”
Edwards acknowledged White's point but said he would not sit around indefinitely. Edwards has stated that he is interested in fighting the likes of Khamzat Chimaev, Jorge Masvidal, and Colby Covington if his victory against Usman keeps "The Nigerian Nightmare" out for an extended period of time.
“I want to be an active champion,” Edwards said. “I don’t want to be once a year. I want to be active. I’m only 30 years old, so I’m going into my prime now. The more fights I have, the better it would be for me.”
“All this pound-for-pound talk, I don’t see it,” Edwards said. “I don’t see it in his fights, I don’t see it in his techniques. He’s a very good fighter, he has improved. I’m not going to into this flight blind thinking he’s another wrestler, but I just don’t see it.”