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UFC 278 Edwards wins champion Usman Edwards:. ST. GEORGE’S — Leon Edwards stunned The MMA world.

In the main event of UFC 278 on Saturday night at Vivint Arena, Edwards knocked out Kamaru Usman with a head kick in the final round of a contest he was easily losing.

UFC 278 Edwards wins champion Usman Edwards

At 4 minutes and 4 seconds into the fifth round, the race was over. Usman was among the world’s top pound-for-pound fighters.

Edwards broke Usman’s 15-bout winning streak in the UFC, breaking Anderson Silva’s UFC record by one fight. One of the most astounding knockouts in sports history took place.

Edwards stated, “I can’t even put it into words.

After the first round, Usman had been in complete control of the fight and was leading 39-37 going into the fifth. When Usman went to his right to block an Edwards left with approximately a minute left in the fight, Edwards struck him flush with a left head kick, throwing the crowd of over 17,000 into a frenzy. Usman was less than a minute away from defending his sixth championship when he was ruled out of contact.

UFC 278 Edwards wins champion Usman Edwards

The Salt Lake City supporters chanted for Usman to begin the night, but they ended it by screaming “Rocky,” Edwards’ stage moniker.

“Now look at me!” Added Edwards. “Now look at me! One pound for one pound!”

Usman is ranked first overall and first at welterweight on ESPN’s pound-for-pound list. Edwards entered the matchup as the fourth-ranked welterweight on ESPN. In their previous encounter in December 2015, Usman prevailed via unanimous decision.

In 11 straight fights spanning nearly seven years, Edwards (20-3, 1 NC) has gone undefeated. Since his bout with Usman in 2015, the Jamaican-born citizen of England has not suffered a defeat. In the UFC, Edwards, 30, has a record of 12-2 (1 NC).

Prior to the defeat on Saturday, Usman (20-2) had made five championship defenses. Since defeating Tyron Woodley at UFC 235 in March 2019, the Colorado-based fighter, who is of Nigerian descent, had held the title of UFC welterweight champion.

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