Towards the end of last year there were persistent rumors that former welterweight kingpin Kamaru Usman had suffered a hand injury that would prevent him from heading into a trilogy fight with newly crowned champion Leon Edwards at UFC 286 on March 18th in London.
That talk only strengthened this past weekend when Usman was spotted wearing a hand cast at a regional event, but now Usman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has taken it upon himself to shoot down those rumors, insisting that Edwards vs. Usman III will be next.
“Please enough with the rumors, Kamaru is fighting León next, he is good to go,” Abdelaziz stated on Twitter. “We bringing this belt back to where it belongs.”
The trilogy fight between Edwards and Usman has never officially been announced by the UFC, but Dana White had made no secret that it was the fight to make after Edwards shocked the world by head-kick KO’ing the long-time champ in the final round of the fight to claim one of the biggest upsets and most memorable comebacks in the history of the sport.
And furthermore White had been adamant that a big show in London this March was the perfect landing spot for the showdown, giving Edwards a chance to defend the title on home soil.
As things stand the biggest fight of the few announced for UFC 286 so far sees former middleweight title contender Marvin Vettori take on the in-form Roman Dolidze.