Leon Edwards wants to earn the win in his welterweight title rematch with Kamaru Usman at UFC 278 the right way.
Edwards has made significant improvements since he lost a unanimous decision to Usman in their initial meeting back in December 2015.
Leon Edwards not looking for ‘easy fight’ with Kamaru Usman in UFC 278 title rematch
“I don’t think it’s going to be easy,” Edwards told MMA Junkie and other reporters during a recent media scrum in London. “I want to take it away from him, and I plan to do that. I’m not going in there looking for an easy fight. I’m going in there to beat the champion and become the champion.
“He was the last guy to beat me. Everyone claims he’s pound-for-pound (best). They say he can’t be beaten. It’s the perfect time for it to happen, and I can’t wait.”
“It’s been seven years of game planning and how we would approach it and what would be the difference between then and now,” Edwards said. “This is what I’ve been working for and envisioning for many years now. I always said I will be fighting for the world title, I always said I was No. 1 in the division and it took a longer road to get to the point where I’m at now. But I believe that road made me a better fighter. Three of four years ago I probably wouldn’t have been ready. I truly believe this is the right time for me to fight for the title and I’m excited.”