UFC president Dana White commented on Kamaru Usman's performance against the promotion's welterweight champion Leon Edwards at UFC 286.
I expected a lot more wrestling out of Usman than I saw. And when he did try to wrestle, obviously Leon did a great job, especially if you compare it to the first fight. … Do I think Usman was (gun shy)? Yeah. That’s what I thought was going to happen going in. I thought he was going to be holding onto those legs all night. He did the exact opposite. He only shot a few times and he was willing to mix it up in there.
Recall that the bout between Usman and Edwards went all of the allotted five rounds and ended with Leon winning by majority decision.
Usman and Edwards first met in December 2015 at UFC on Fox 17, then Usman won by unanimous decision. In August 2022, Edwards defeated Usman by fifth round knockout at UFC 278.