November 29, 2022

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Edwards shocks Kamaru to win UFC welterweight title


Leon Edwards ended the reign of Kamaru Usman because the welterweight world champion, claiming a shocking knockout win in the principle occasion of UFC 278 on the Vivint Area in Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah on Sunday morning.

Usman was comfortably forward on the scorecards with one minute of the ultimate spherical remaining, however Edwards landed a brutal left kick to place the lights out for the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ and finish his reign as champion which stretched again to March 2019.

The primary spherical went the best way of the challenger, with Edwards turning into the primary man to land a takedown on Usman within the latter’s UFC profession, and the champion needed to work onerous on the bottom to forestall his opponent from sinking in a submission try.

Spherical two noticed Usman dial up the strain, touchdown extra important strikes all through and likewise securing a takedown, whereas the third spherical was really dominant for the champion, who bossed it all through and twice took Edwards to the bottom.

The fourth spherical adopted an identical sample, with Usman dominant within the clinch and on the bottom, and likewise touchdown some notable blows earlier than the buzzer, whereas the fifth once more noticed Usman in cost till the four-minute mark, when Edwards feinted a left straight after which landed a large head kick which put the champ down chilly.
“It doesn’t matter if I’m within the trenches, I’m constructed like this,” mentioned Edwards in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. “I am going until the bell is completed, that’s it. I’m been down my complete life, take a look at me now! Have a look at me now!”

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The co-main occasion noticed a heroic however finally futile effort from UFC legend Luke Rockhold, who was outpointed by Paulo Costa over three rounds of their middleweight conflict. Nonetheless, 37-year-old Rockhold – who appeared to verify his retirement from the game – obtained a rapturous reception upon completion of his first combat in over three years.

The remainder of the cardboard featured a unanimous choice win for Merab Dvalishvili over one other legend, Jose Aldo, within the bantamweight division; Lucie Pudilova stopped Wu Yanan in a ladies’s bantamweight conflict; and Tyson Pedro wanted simply over a minute to TKO Harry Hunsucker in a light-weight heavyweight battle.
The following UFC occasion is a Struggle Night time on the Accor Area in Paris, France on the night of Saturday 27 September and headlined by a heavyweight bout between Ciryl Gane and Tai Tuivasa.