Although Chael Sonnen has no intention of discrediting Leon Edwards for his shocker win over Kamaru Usman, the former UFC fighter does opine there’s a question mark to his victory.
Leon cheated in that match a whole bunch of times: Chael Sonnen
The main event of UFC 278 on 20th August saw arguably the biggest upset of this year in MMA, as Edwards defeated Usman in their rematch with a brutal head kick KO, ending his title reign and becoming the new 170-pound champion.
Despite being dominated throughout most of the fight, ‘Rocky’ was able to execute the winning move with less than a minute remaining on the final round, becoming the first UFC champion from the UK since former middleweight titleholder Michael Bisping.
Chael Sonnen, known for being straightforward in expressing his opinion regarding the sport and fighters, has pointed fingers at the multiple fence grabs from Edwards and speaking on his YouTube channel and opined that Edwards cheated multiple times against Usman.
“There’s a lot more in Leon versus Usman and nobody spoke of it,” said Sonnen, “Kamaru is apparently too much of a gentleman to, in conjunction with it appears Kamaru is going to get the rematch so there is no need for it. But Leon cheated in that match a whole bunch of times. That is not a headline or a topic that is out there anywhere, I do not want to be the one to bring that to you.”
“I’m a guy that operates in the gray, I’m not giving him a hard time…for the story to be told accurately, nobody’s wanting to touch that. Leon was frustrated in positions and had no way out of positions to the extent that he cheated repeatedly, not once, not an accident, not the ref didn’t see it… the ref broke the act five or six times…”
“So now you’re in a fifth round that you never should’ve been in potentially, you take a kick in a fight that you were winning, that you were trying to finish, and you had the position you needed to get said finish and the opponent cheated three times…Leon learned a lot in this fight. When Leon goes to prepare for Kamaru again, he’s going to have some confidence…it’s a strong word to say cheated, but what other word do you want to use?” he added. [H/T MMANews.com]
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