Edwards stops Usman late in fifth, wins welterweight title at UFC 278

SALT LAKE metropolis (AP) — Leon Edwards dropped Kamaru Usman with a kick to the pinnacle and neck inside the final minute of the fifth spherical to win the welterweight championship at UFC 278 on Saturday evening time.

Usman appeared to be seconds away from a sixteenth consecutive victory, which might have tied an all-time UFC report, earlier than Edwards acquired here up with the lovely finish simply in time.

Edwards (20-three) is undefeated courting again to his earlier bout with Usman in 2015. The British fighter rose to No. 2 inside the welterweight division whereas accumulating 9 wins in that stretch forward of the title bout.

Usman (20-2) lived as a lot as his popularity as a end result of the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter on the planet for a lot of the bout. The Nigerian weathered a late first-spherical takedown and turned the tables with a late second-spherical takedown. Usman managed place all by the third spherical, incomes two extra takedowns. Usman appeared on his reply to a win by unanimous choice earlier than Edwards rallied inside the final spherical.

Paulo Costa prevailed over former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold in a unanimous choice inside the middleweight bout. Costa (14-2) had misplaced two straight bouts coming into Salt Lake metropolis.

Rockhold (sixteen-5) returned to the octagon for the predominant time in three years and his rust confirmed as a end result of the bout progressed. Costa larger than doubled Rockhold in complete strikes by the predominant two rounds and finally left him with a bloodied mouth inside the third spherical. Rockhold wiped his personal blood over Costa’s face inside the spherical’s final seconds whereas each fighters had been locked in a stalemate on the underside.

Merab Dvalishvili prevailed over former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo in a unanimous choice inside the lads’s bantamweight bout, incomes his eighth straight win. Aldo (31-eight) had vocal assist from the gang however wore down underneath relentless strain from Dvalishvili (15-4) over three rounds.

Lucie Pudilova beat Wu Yanan inside the predominant card women’s bantamweight bout for her third straight win. Yanan suffered her fourth straight loss. Pudilova earned a TKO on the 4:04 mark inside 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 predominant spherical inside the sunshine heavyweight bout to spherical out the predominant card bouts.

Marcin Tybura handed Alexandr Romanov his first profession UFC loss inside the heavyweight bout, worthwhile by majority choice. Romanov (18-1) slammed Tybura (23-7) to the canvas a quantity of instances inside the predominant spherical however ran out of steam inside the remaining two rounds.

Sean Woodson and Luis Saldana fought to a unusual spilt appeal to a featherweight preliminary bout earlier inside the night. It was the predominant profession draw for every fighters.