Edwards got off to early success against Usman in their highly anticipated rematch at UFC 278. He took down Usman in the first round and found his timing on the feet in the opening minutes.
The momentum swung in Usman’s favor from the second round onward, as he used his signature pace and pressure to overwhelm and frustrate Edwards on the feet and ground. Usman seemed to break Edwards’ will entering the fifth and final round as a dejected Edwards sulked in front of his corner in between championship rounds.
As MMA often is, the Usman/Edwards rematch featured unpredictability to the highest degree.
MMA Twitter Reacts To Kamaru Usman’s Early Success Against Leon Edwards
As Usman appeared on the verge of a dominant win, MMA Twitter praised his performance against Edwards.
Everything changed in the fifth and final round when Edwards landed a left high kick that sent Usman collapsing to the canvas, sending the Salt Lake City crowd into a frenzy.
MMA Twitter Took A Sharp Turn With Under A Minute Left In The Fight
Look at how MMA Twitter reacted when Edwards knocked out Kamaru Usman with a fifth-round head kick.
Edwards caps off a long journey to the title which featured opponent switches, COVID-19 diagnoses, and other unusual circumstances. He won 9 fights in a row since losing his first matchup with Usman back in Dec. 2015.
As for Usman, this is just the second loss of his professional career and his first in the UFC. His last defeat came against Jose Caceres at CFA 11 back in May 2013.
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