Leon Edwards stuns Kamaru Usman with last-minute knockout to claim world title UFC 278. Check UFC 278 : Fight Card | Live score | Result.
UFC 278 : Fight Card | Live score | Result | Main card
The event marked the promotion’s second visit to Salt Lake City, following UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Caceres in August 2016.
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||August 20, 2022|
|City||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
A UFC Welterweight Championship bout between current champion (also The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians welterweight winner) Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards headlined the event.
The pairing previously met at UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cowboy 2 in December 2015 where Usman defeated Edwards by unanimous decision.
A middleweight bout between former Strikeforce and UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold and former title challenger Paulo Costa was expected to take place at UFC 277.
However, the bout was postponed to this event due to unknown reasons.
Leon Edwards waited for his opportunity at a title shot. Delays, opponent changes and a pandemic all halted his attempt at gold. Once he finally received his shot, “Rocky” made the most of it.
Edwards knocked out Kamaru Usman to win the UFC welterweight title at UFC 278 in Salt Lake City on Saturday.
He landed a perfectly timed kick to Usman’s face after he was considered down and out in the fight.
“I told you I could do it. Look at me now,” Edwards said after the fight. “Pound for pound what?”
Edwards was ready to prove he was a different fighter than he was when he lost to Usman in 2015.
He did that early in the first round when he became the first fighter to take Usman down in his career. It was a shocking moment in front of a packed crowd at Vivint Arena.
The official scorecards from the UFC 278 main event between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman lay bare the enormity of Edwards’ amazing knockout comeback.
Edwards was down 3-1 against Usman going into the fifth round, making his head-kick stoppage of the pound-for-pound great all the more impressive on Saturday at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.
Just as clear as Edwards’ victory was the score heading into that fifth round. All three judges – Sal D’Amato, Derek Cleary and Chris Lee – had the same tallies heading into the final frame.
Each gave Edwards the first round 10-9 for his impressive start and awarded Usman Rounds 2-4 by the score of 10-9 for his smothering, grinding control in the octagon.
UFC 278 Result
Leon Edwards scripted history on Saturday night after defeating Kamaru Usman at UFC 278 and winning the UFC welterweight championship title.
Fighting for the UFC welterweight title against defending champion Kamaru Usman, Edwards finished the bout with a vicious head-kick and sent Usman to the ground.
With the TKO win, Edwards ended Usman’s streak of defending his title in five straight bouts.
It is pertinent to mention that Usman was widely considered the best pound-to-pound fighter on the UFC roster, and his loss came as a shock to the MMA world.
Edwards’ stellar win became the talk of the town for the UFC world, as it received reactions from current champions like Francis Ngannou and Aljamain Sterling. Meanwhile, former two-division champion Conor McGregor also reacted to the win.
UFC main card
In the main event, UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman will square off against Leon Edwards for a second time.
- Leon Edwards def. Kamaru Usman TITLE FIGHTLeon Edwards def. Kamaru Usman via fifth-round KO (4:04)
- Paulo Costa def. Luke RockholdPaulo Costa def. Luke Rockhold via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
- Merab Dvalishvili def. Jose AldoMerab Dvalishvili def. Jose Aldo via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
- Lucie Pudilova def. Wu YananLucie Pudilova def. Wu Yanan via second-round TKO (4:04)
- Tyson Pedro def. Harry HunsuckerTyson Pedro def. Harry Hunsucker via first-round TKO (1:05)