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Midnight Mania! Kamaru Usman sets gameplan for Leon Edwards - ‘I’m going to beat on his face until he quits’

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Reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is already planning his next move inside of the Octagon. Coming off a decision win over rival Colby Covington at UFC 268 this past November the champ is staring down a potential rematch with top contender Leon Edwards.

Usman, who has now defended his 170-pound title five-straight times, defeated Edwards by decision all the way back in 2015. That was a long time ago and “Nigerian Nightmare” has taken his game to an entirely new level, especially in the standout department. Just look at what he did to Jorge Masvidal in their title fight rematch (watch HERE).

Edwards, who owns a 10-fight unbeaten streak, is considered one of the top strikers in the welterweight division today. “Rocky” has gone on record saying he’d outclass Usman on the feet if they were to officially meet inside of the Octagon again. Usman isn’t arguing over Edwards’ claim, but he is mapping out an alternative gameplan that could put “Rocky” in serious trouble.

“He said that if I step in there with him, I won’t be striking the way that I am now,” said Usman during a recent interview with MMA Junkie. “So, I’ll oblige. I’ll give it to you, I will not strike. I am coming in to wrestle, I’m going to take him down, I’m going to beat on his face until he quits so don’t expect me to strike at all. No, I’m going to wrestle, don’t expect me to strike, don’t expect me to strike since I’m not a good striker. Don’t expect me to strike, I’m coming to take him down and I’m going to beat his face.”

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