November 28, 2022



Revealed! How Britain’s Leon Edward shocked Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman to say UFC 278 welterweight title

Britain’s Leon Edwards sensationally knocked out Kamaru Usman to win the welterweight title at UFC 278 in Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah.

Behind on factors within the fifth, Edwards, 30, landed a left high-kick to stun Nigeria’s pound-for-pound primary fighter.

Edwards turns into the primary British champion since Michael Bisping in 2016 and solely the second in historical past.

“You all doubted me, saying I couldn’t do it – take a look at me now,” stated Edwards.

“I’m from the trenches. I’m constructed like this. I’ve been doubted my complete life however take a look at me now.”

In beating Usman, Birmingham’s Edwards avenges his defeat in 2015 and ends the 35-year-old’s 15-fight unbeaten streak within the UFC.

Jamaican-born Edwards, who was a giant underdog with bookmakers going into the bout, extends his successful streak to 10 following the defeat to Usman seven years in the past.

Usman gained the primary struggle by utilizing his wrestling to regulate the vast majority of the competition – a tactic Edwards says opened his eyes to weaknesses in his personal grappling sport.

Following that bout Edwards labored laborious on his wrestling and the enhancements made had been evident from the beginning of the rematch.

Within the first spherical he tripped Usman, turning into the primary fighter in UFC historical past to finish a takedown on the Nigerian.

Usman responded strongly within the second and third spherical, pressuring Edwards with flurries of strikes and controlling a lot of the competition along with his grappling.

On the finish of the spherical Edwards’ nook loudly urged their fighter to up his sport and “get his fingers transferring”.

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Edwards began to point out indicators of fatigue within the fourth, introduced on by the relentless grappling from Usman, because the champion landed an easy takedown and continued to regulate the struggle.

With Usman doubtless forward on factors going into the fifth Edwards wanted one thing particular – and the Briton delivered.

With a feint he lured Usman’s head to the aspect, earlier than touchdown a clear left high-kick, leaving the Nigerian shocked on the canvas.

Edwards jumped on the cage in celebration because the enormity of what he had achieved began to sink in.

UFC commentator Joe Rogan stated the kick which ended the struggle was doubtlessly the perfect he’s seen within the UFC, with Edwards surprising Usman within the fifth whereas behind on factors being arguably the game’s greatest ever upset.