Leon Edwards Scores Shocking KO Victory over Kamaru Usman at UFC 278

Leon Edwards knocks out Kamaru Usman

Leon Edwards prevented history from happening with a shocking KO victory over Kamaru Usman for the UFC welterweight belt.

Usman was less than a minute away from tying Anderson Silva's record of 16 consecutive under the UFC banner when Edwards landed a kick that put greatness to pause.

It was the challenger who created history of his own Saturday in the main event of UFC 278 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Edwards KOs Usman

Usman was on his way to victory with 56 seconds left in the clock when he caught a left kick to the head. Edwards recognized that the champion was out cold and didn't bother to follow his opponent to the ground.

It may have looked like a lucky kick rather than technique but it's going down in history as one of the most spectacular finishes. Edwards won via head kick KO at the 4:04 mark of the fifth round.

Edwards silences doubters

It was a long way for Edwards as people were doubting his ability to survive. He was saved by the bell in his fight against Nate Diaz and now, on his way to losing before the lucky kick.

“All the doubters said I couldn’t do it,” Edwards said in jubilation. “You all said I couldn’t do it. Well, look at me now. Look at me now!”

Edwards was performing well in the early rounds. He was the first fighter to take Usman down in his entire UFC career. The challenger stayed busy but Usman weathered the storm.

Usman then dominated Rounds 2, 3 and 4 to rally back from a slow first round. He was even winning round 5 before a kick out of nowhere landed square on his head.

“This is my moment,” Edwards said. “What happened in the past, the two years out, the pandemic, none of it matters now. I’m champion of the world. Champion of the world.”

It ended Usman’s 15-fight UFC winning streak and his 19-fight overall winning streak.

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