SALT LAKE CITY — Leon Edwards dropped Kamaru Usman with a kick to the pinnacle and neck within the ultimate minute of the fifth spherical to win the welterweight championship at UFC 278 on Saturday night time.
Usman gave the impression to be seconds away from a sixteenth consecutive victory, which might have tied an all-time UFC report, earlier than Edwards got here up with the gorgeous end simply in time.
Edwards (20-3) is undefeated relationship again to his earlier bout with Usman in 2015. The British fighter rose to No. 2 within the welterweight division whereas accumulating 9 wins in that stretch forward of the title bout.
Usman (20-2) lived as much as his status because the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter on the planet for a lot of the bout. The Nigerian weathered a late first-round takedown and turned the tables with a late second-round takedown. Usman managed place all through the third spherical, incomes two extra takedowns. Usman appeared on his approach to a win by unanimous determination earlier than Edwards rallied within the ultimate spherical.
Paulo Costa prevailed over former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold in a unanimous determination within the middleweight bout. Costa (14-2) had misplaced two straight bouts coming into Salt Lake Metropolis.
Rockhold (16-5) returned to the octagon for the primary time in three years and his rust confirmed because the bout progressed. Costa greater than doubled Rockhold in complete strikes by means of the primary two rounds and ultimately left him with a bloodied mouth within the third spherical. Rockhold wiped his personal blood over Costa’s face within the spherical’s ultimate seconds whereas each fighters had been locked in a stalemate on the bottom.
Merab Dvalishvili prevailed over former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo in a unanimous determination within the males’s bantamweight bout, incomes his eighth straight win. Aldo (31-8) had vocal help from the group however wore down beneath relentless stress from Dvalishvili (15-4) over three rounds.
Lucie Pudilova beat Wu Yanan in the primary card ladies’s bantamweight bout for her third straight win. Yanan suffered her fourth straight loss. Pudilova earned a TKO on the 4:04 mark within the second spherical after dragging Yanan to the canvas and repeatedly smashing elbows into her from a again mount.
Tyson Pedro earned a TKO over Harry Hunsucker 1:05 into the primary spherical within the mild heavyweight bout to spherical out the primary card bouts.
Marcin Tybura handed Alexandr Romanov his first profession UFC loss within the heavyweight bout, successful by majority determination. Romanov (18-1) slammed Tybura (23-7) to the canvas a number of instances within the first spherical however ran out of steam within the remaining two rounds.
Sean Woodson and Luis Saldana fought to a uncommon spilt attract a featherweight preliminary bout earlier within the night. It was the primary profession draw for each fighters.