Former UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has made his first statement after losing to Leon Edwards at UFC 286.
In their trilogy on Saturday in London, Usman was defeated by Edwards by a majority decision. Usman has suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time in his professional MMA career.
Usman made a comeback at UFC 286 after losing the championship to Edwards in UFC 278. Before to that, he held the title of UFC pound-for-pound king and was regarded by some as the sport's all-time best welterweight.
Usman is still reeling from his UFC 286 loss, but despite this most recent setback, he appears refreshed and motivated to resume fighting.
"A special thank you to my management, family, friends, and fans," Usman tweeted. "I appreciate each and everyone of you. Wasn't my night but as always we go back to work. Congratulations [Leon Edwards] great work."
Before their trilogy, tensions between Edwards and Usman flared, but after spending nearly 13 complete rounds in the Octagon together, the two sides now seem amicable.
Usman defeated opponents like Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington, and Gilbert Burns before suffering back-to-back defeats against Edwards. After serving as the backup for this weekend's main event, Covington is likely to receive the next title opportunity.
Usman recently made hints at retiring from fighting, but he still appears committed to doing so. When he starts this new phase of his career, a switch to middleweight is also an option.