Morning Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov unsure how Kamaru Usman looks after KO loss: ‘A lot of people don’t recover’


Kamaru Usman is in an unknown position after UFC 278 last Saturday.

The dominating reign of terror of the “Nigerian nightmare” over the UFC welterweight division came to a halt in his rematch with Leon Edwards in their main event. After a scare in the first round, Usman dug deep like a true champion and secured the next 19 minutes of action in his favor.

Edwards needed a Hail Mary shot to score the attack and nailed just that with a perfect high kick to the dome, knocking Usman unconscious for the first time in his 22-fighting career. The loss prevented 35-year-old Anderson from matching Silva’s promotional record of 16 consecutive wins, when it was only the second overall loss of his career.

As many a champion before Usman has also learned the hard way, time at the top is limited… unless your name is Khabib Nurmagomedov who went undefeated with a 29-0 ‘record’. After seeing the result, “The Eagle” worries it will be difficult for his fellow Dominance MMA stable mate to come back in the same way fans have grown accustomed to seeing.

“I am aware that the trilogy is already in the works,” Nurmagomedov told Ушатайка (h/t Mr. MMA Shorts). “I believe he can beat Leon Edwards. But after a knockout like that, a lot of people don’t recover. It will be interesting to see. But I would like to see the trilogy. They are 1-1.”

Now that Usman has defended the title five times and the way he did, along with that December 2015 win over Edwards, it seems all too likely that a trilogy contest is coming up for the division. In the immediate aftermath of the event, UFC President Dana White expressed his interest in competing in Edwards’ homeland of England and the possibilities have become endless for the country’s second UFC title holder.

For Nurmagomedov, he is also no stranger to hype and spotlight comparable to that of Usman. Both were at their peak at the top of the UFC’s pound-for-pound list, tagged with claims of great all-time status, with only the latter now tumbling down.

If anything, the end of Usman’s title regime is yet another stark reminder of how hard it is not only to get to the top in MMA, but to stay on top.

“I watched UFC” [278] and honestly I was surprised. You might even be a little upset,” Nurmagomedov said. “I have a good friendship with Kamaru and of course it was difficult to watch the best fighter in the world – who he is now – being knocked out severely with 50 seconds to go.

“I thought this is essentially how the match will end, just like he did with everyone else. But these fights are MMA and you can see for yourself, for a second it all went wrong. Put his hand in the wrong place, your lights can go out if the right defense is not in place. You can wake up in the locker room and it’s over.”

Crazy. Leon Edwards says body ‘just shut down’ at UFC 278, credits coaches for comeback: ‘They knew how to push my buttons’

Legend. Merab Dvalishvili says Jose Aldo retired after losing at UFC 278: He said, ‘I think I’m done.’

Chances. Kamaru Usman opens as big favorite in potential trilogy against Leon Edwards

Contract. Paulo Costa confirms he has one fight left in UFC deal, redraw or not ‘depends on the money’

american football. Dana White reveals he orchestrated a deal to bring Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski to Las Vegas Raiders, but Jon Gruden ‘blew’ it

The MMA hour.

UFC 279 trailer.

Emotional Bellator moments.

Mikuru Asakura prepares for Floyd Mayweather.

The Future of Merab Dvalishvili.

Reactions to the win.


Styling in SLC.

Yin Yang.

Mama Cupcake.

Okay, Dustin.

That is it.

True words…


Sure is.

The glory.

Mulan returns.

Just gym stuff.


Jake Hadley (8-1) against Carlos Candelario (8-1); UFC Fight Night, November 5

I still can’t get over the silliness of Costa vs. Rock hold to come. I really feel like Luke became a bit of a “what if” after being pinched by Bisping.

Thank you for reading!

Results from last week:

Friday: 68% of the total of 512 votes answered “Paulo Costa” when asked, “Who will win tomorrow?” Costa final. Luke Rockhold via unanimous decision in the co-main event of UFC 278.

Thursday: 66% of the 651 total votes answered “Jose Aldo” to the question, “Who will win this weekend?” Merab defeats Dvalishvili. Aldo via unanimous decision at UFC 278.

Wednesday: 47% of the 691 total votes answered “Yes” when asked, “If Khamzat Chimaev beats Nate Diaz at UFC 279, will he meet the winner of Kamaru Usman vs. Edwards 2?”

Tuesday: 74% of the 712 votes answered “Kamaru Usman” to the question, “Who will win this weekend?” Leon Edwards def. Usman via fifth round knockout (head kick) in the main event of UFC 278.

Monday: 77% of a total of 888 votes answered “No” when asked, “If he wins on Saturday, will Luke Rockhold get a title?” Costa final. Rockhold via unanimous decision in the co-main event of UFC 278.

Today’s exit poll:


Will Edwards vs. Usman 3 take place in England?

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The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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