The UFC welterweight title is up for grabs this Saturday.
The two first fought in December 2015 at UFC on FOX 17. That night in Florida, Usman defeated Edwards to win a unanimous decision. Now, almost seven years later, they’re back in the running for the belt.
Ahead of their rematch, MMA Junkie asked his fellow UFC welterweights about how the rematch could go. Below are their predictions and analysis of the fight.
“I have Kamaru as the winner, but either way, I think it will be a good fight. Leo is always evolving. He is a very tough fighter and knows how to execute a strategy in battle. He also has a good condition. So I don’t think it will be an easy fight, but for me, Kamaru remains a champion.”
“Everybody always has a chance when you step in the octagon, that’s always there. I think if Leon Edwards fights smart he has the tools to win. He’s a long athlete with good range, he’s a southpaw, connects well with his shots, and he does have a good grappling game. I think he’s evolved a lot since they first fought. Edwards is dangerous, he also has knockout power, and jiu-jitsu, and good wrestling. He is a good fighter. I like this fight a lot, but I do see Usman as the favorite because of the streak he’s on. It’s a good fight.
“I am thinking of a decision in favor of Usman.”
“I don’t think (Edwards has a chance). Usman has too much power. in his hands, his feet, his wrestling, and he really worked. I watched his game closely. I think he will defend his title with a lot of motivation, and it is his fight to lose. He just needs to not get frustrated like he did in the first fight against Masvidal, he got a little frustrated. But I think this title fight is well in his favor.”