When Leon Edwards knocked out Kamaru Usman with a head kick in the fifth round of UFC 278, everyone was shocked. The world was shocked by that knockout upset, which made Edwards the new welterweight champion.
Fans of fights will be happy to hear that a rematch for the title is likely now that Edwards won. Even though no date has been set, the trilogy fight is likely to happen in 2023 at Wembley Stadium in London.
The odds for Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman have not been released yet, but Usman is likely to be the favorite.
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OKBet Sports Betting Odds: Kamaru Usman vs Leon Edwards III
As we’ve already said, the odds for Usman vs. Edwards 3 aren’t out yet, but once they are, we think Usman will be the favorite. In the last fight, “The Nigerian Nightmare” was a -425 favorite. That didn’t go very well, so we expect Usman to open with much shorter odds.
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OKBet Sports Betting Odds Preview: Usman vs. Edwards III Fighting in Front of Home Crowd
In other sports, we talk a lot about how important it is to play at home. In a fight, it’s also important to have the crowd on your side. At Wembley Stadium, where the UFC would be holding an event for the first time, attendance could reach as high as 94,000, which would break the UFC’s record for the most people ever to watch a single event.
The crowd of people who like English will be huge for “Rocky.” At UFC 278, he responded very well to his corner’s motivational speech, which led to his head-kick knockout. We think Edwards will have more energy when he fights on his own turf.
Even so, Usman is still very popular, even on a global scale. The former champion told MMA News that he thinks Edwards won’t have as many fans in England as he will. If that’s the case and chants for Usman can be heard during the rematch, the fight could quickly change direction.
Can Lightning (Head Kick) Strike Twice?
Edwards had been practicing his head kick all camp, and in Round 5, it finally paid off. The Englishman’s trainers noticed that Usman tends to drop his head when he punches, which makes him vulnerable to a fake jab and head kick.
How will Usman defend himself? He will definitely fix the head dips that made him look bad at UFC 278. But there’s also the fact that Usman is now fighting without a lot of stress on his shoulders. After losing, the Nigerian told Dana White that he felt better because he was no longer carrying the weight of a 15-fight UFC win streak.
We expect Usman to step into the cage for the trilogy fight in a better shape than before. Now that he’s lost in the UFC, he doesn’t have to worry about being perfect anymore. He can get aggressive and take some damage, which makes him fight more loosely against Edwards, who is very skilled.
How to Bet on Usman vs. Edwards III via OKBet Sports Betting?
We want Usman, who used to be champion, to steal his belt back in front of tens of thousands of angry fans. Edwards got Usman to give him a beautiful head kick. Usman will be much more careful and respectful of Leon’s arsenal of strikes. In the trilogy fight, Usman is likely to use more wrestling moves and fight with more force.
Even though Edwards has never been knocked out, that could change in 2023. Because of this, we also like a value bet on this fight ending before the full distance.