Leon Edwards defeats Kamaru Usman in a shocking victory
A historic night in Salt Lake City, Utah, saw Leon Edwards shock the world by knocking out Kamaru Usman in five rounds to win the UFC welterweight title.
Edwards dominated the first round with solid blows, and his long arms helped keep Usman at bay. It was looking like the champion was in for a rough evening.
Usman entered the ring much more composed for the second round, and he used his extensive ring knowledge to land solid blows all over the ring. Multiple times he took the opponent to the ground, but he was unable to submit him.
A slow, on-the-fence battle ensued, with Usman trapping Edwards against the mesh and holding him there while he attempted to submit and Edwards defending himself.
The corner told Edwards before the fifth round to go all out and try to finish the fight.
The challenger heeded the advice of his camp, even though his opening salvo was mostly a rehash of earlier instances. The surprise was revealed once they moved to the centre of the octagon after being on the fence again.
Edwards feigned a right-hand strike, Usman put his hands up, turned his head the other way, and got kicked in the face, ending the round. A new UFC welterweight title had emerged, and the shocked crowd could not believe that Usman’s long record of seven defences had ended.