UFC 278 results highlights: Leon Edwards stuns Kamaru Usman with last-minute knockout to claim world title
The world was just startled by Leon Edwards. With a come-from-behind head kick knockout late in Round 5 of the main event of UFC 278 on Saturday night, Edwards' "Rocky" tale came to life.
Edwards had the first takedown of the virtually flawless champion in Round 1, but he was unable to sustain any momentum in the subsequent rounds. Usman appeared to be on his way to yet another championship defence as he came close to Anderson Silva's all-time record for most title defences as he gained control of the fight with his superior wrestling and heavy punching combinations.
Even though Usman's pace dropped in Round 5, the champion was likely headed for a unanimous decision victory as Edwards appeared defeated in his corner as his camp pleaded with him to pick up the tempo in the decisive round.
At 4:04 in Round 5, Edwards suddenly blasted off a right jab and a left head kick that instantly knocked Usman out.
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"Pound-for-pound. Headshot. Dead, "During his post-fight interview, Edwards told UFC analyst Joe Rogan. "I have stated all week that I believe this is my chance. the past events in their entirety. The epidemic of the previous two years. No ring rust exists. I warned you; look at me right now."
Just a few seconds later than Usman's own finish of Colby Covington in 2019 was the fourth fastest finish in a title bout.
Usman didn't lose hope in his future. The former champion said that he would come back for revenge.
During a post-fight news conference with the media, UFC president Dana White pressed on a trilogy. White stated his wish to see the rubber match in England and offered Wembley as the location.
Edwards said during the press conference that it was one of his poorest efforts to date. "I didn't feel well tonight in there. I got there and defeated the opponent pound for pound.
"My body simply wasn't responding as it should have. I'm not sure if the altitude has anything to do with it. But even backstage, where people were watching other fights on TV, everyone was exhausted and gasping for air. like everyone else including Luke [Rockhold]. I was perplexed as to why everyone was getting worn out.
"He just had that to offer as his best. Even with it, I was still able to knock him out."
In the event that "GameBred" returns to his winning ways, Edwards also showed interest in taking on Masvidal in the United Kingdom.
In addition, the fight between Paulo Costa and Rockhold lasted 15 exhausting minutes before Costa was pronounced the victor. Rockhold gave all he had to the battle, even spreading blood on Costa's face in the dying seconds.
With a convincing victory over Jose Aldo, Merab Dvalishvili established himself as the top contender at bantamweight. However, the Georgian native said nothing to any idea of meeting his buddy and comrade, current champion Aljamain Sterling, anytime soon.
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