Kamaru Usman targets light-heavyweight move after Leon Edwards fight: “That’s what we want”

By Josh Evanoff - July 12, 2022

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is ready to move up in weight.

Kamaru Usman, Dana White

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ is set to face Leon Edwards in the main event of UFC 278 next month. The bout is a rematch of their December 2015 encounter. That bout wound up being won by Usman via unanimous decision.

Nearly seven years later, the two welterweights are set to run it back. However, the stakes are much different than the first time around. While they first met as prospects in 2015, they meet as the champion and the challenger at UFC 278.

Furthermore, Kamaru Usman isn’t just the welterweight champion, he’s one of the biggest stars in the entire sport. Now, he seems ready to take another step in his stardom. The 35-year-old is ready to move up in weight, and challenge himself. However, he’s not looking to move up to middleweight.

In an interview with TMZ Sports, the UFC welterweight champion confirmed that he’s going to move up in weight. However, he doesn’t want to move up just one weight class, but two. Kamaru Usman name-dropped UFC light-heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka, and contender Jan Blachowicz as possible opponents.

Jiri Procházka
(via UFC)

“We’re gonna go in there and we’re completely focused on Leon Edwards,” Usman said. “But after Leon Edwards, we have our sights set on [lght-heavyweight], whether it’s Jan or whether it’s Jiří, whoever it is, that’s what we want. (h/t MMANews)

Kamaru Usman continued, “I want to prove to the world that there’s a reason why they say pound-for-pound. That means pound-for-pound at any given time, any given moment, any given weight, I can go in there and not only hold my own, I can be victorious. I wanna be able to prove that.”

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