Leon Edwards has been many people’s pick for ‘Comeback Of The Year’ after his stunning fifth round KO finish of Kamaru Usman to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and become the new welterweight champion, but in Conor McGregor’s opinion he deserves more accolades than just that.
“Stop the nonsense “comeback” of the year , this is EVERYTHING of the year! Bar none,” McGregor wrote on Twitter in response to a UFC Europe post naming Edwards as a ‘Comeback Of The Year’ nominee.
“The timing of commentary. The timing of the fight. The shot itself. The KO. The ramifications. The post speech. Pound for pound head shot. Dead! This lives on! Team @ParadigmSports!“
It’s hard to argue that there was a bigger moment in the UFC this year than Edwards jaw-dropping finish in a fight that he had been losing up until that moment.
What really elevates it above the rest however is who he was up against, with Usman having long been the dominant champion in the division, remaining undefeated in his entire 15-fight UFC run and heading into the fight as the No.1 pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.
As such it’s a win that will be immortalized in the history of the UFC, enabling Edwards to finally step into the spotlight after years of being kept just out of reach of a title shot despite his own long winning streak.