Leon Edwards has expressed confidence that Nigeria he will thoroughly defeat Nigerian star, Kamaru Usman once again could open the door for the latter’s retirement.
Africa Today News, New York reports that ‘Rocky’ and ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ will square up again to complete their trilogy as they lock horns at UFC 286 this weekend.
Today’s fight will be the third meeting between Usman and Edwards in the last 18 months.
Their previous meeting saw Edwards deliver a brutal KO to Usman to take his welterweight title.
Usman won their first fight in 2015, so a lot is at stake this weekend at the O2 Arena in London.
However, Edwards believes that a win on Saturday night could lead to his 35-year-old opponent retiring from the sport.
Speaking to the media, he said: ‘I think something is out of the door already and I’m going to add to that, just from his mentality and the way he’s moving.
‘Whether he retires after or not, that’s up to him.I heard he flew a stylist over here, our mentalities are in two different places.
‘I feel like he’s on his way out and I’m going to open that door, give him another path to follow his fashion dreams and whatever he wants to do.’
In another report, the vice-captain of the Nigerian Super Eagles team, William Troost-Ekong has rated compatriot Victor Osimhen as the best striker in the world following the impressive performance that has been seen from the Napoli forward so far this season.
Africa Today News, New York reports that the performance that has been put up by the 24-year-old this season has been scintillating which has seen him scoring an astonishing 19 goals in 22 league games.
Osimhen’s impressive form earned him the league’s best player of the month for January, while he was named the winner of the Serie A Goal of The Month Award for his stunning Pele-like goal against Roma in the same month.