For the first time in his MMA career, Kamaru Usman heard the final bell of the third round.
Usman was declared the victor over Leon Edwards Saturday at UFC on FOX 17, but it took the full 15 minutes for a decision to be rendered. Usman, who defeated Hayder Hassan earlier this year in his UFC debut, improved to 7-1 with the win.
“Just because I’m so hard on myself, I think my performance was a C-; I did not make the Dean’s list,” Usman said. “I think I’m better than what I showed. That’s how I train, that’s how I prepare, that’s how much time I’ve put in.
“This is my life. All of my fights have been finishes and I didn’t get that.”
Usman earned a second round arm-triangle choke victory over Hassan in July, giving him his first submission win to go along with five knockout stoppages.
“It’s just my nature to be this hard on myself. I want to go out there and perform the way I know I’m capable of,” he said. “I’ve said it to myself countless times and I’ll say it to everyone now; before I’m said and done, I will be king of this division. My performance didn’t show that tonight, but I will come back”