Welterweight Gold Up for Grabs As Leon Edwards Takes On Kamaru Usman in Main Event of UFC 286

Welterweight Gold Up for Grabs As Leon Edwards Takes On Kamaru Usman in Main Event of UFC 286

  • Kamaru Usman will be looking for revenge when he takes on Leon Edwards at UFC 286
  • Edwards won the Welterweight title when he knocked out Usman with a stunning head kick
  • Usman won the first fight between the duo, while Edwards picked up victory in the second bout

All eyes will be on London this weekend as Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman clash in the main event of UFC 286.

The two rivals will meet for the third time as they fight for Edward’s Welterweight title at the O2 Arena.

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Leon Edwards will face Kamaru Usman in the main event of UFC 286 with the Welterweight title on the line. Image: Mike Roach
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With both fighters owning a victory over the other, the third bout is not just about the title, it’s also about bragging rights.

Sports Brief takes a look back at what went down in the previous two fights.

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Edwards vs Usman 1

The duo first met in 2015 when they fought on the prelim card.

Usman dominated the fight, landing more strikes and taking down Edwards six times. The Nigerian Nightmare was declared the winner on the judges’ scorecards.

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Edwards vs Usman 2

Rocky and The Nigerian Nightmare met for the second time in August 2022, but this time Usman’s Welterweight title was on the line. May expected the champion to dominate once again, and he largely did just that. As noted by DAZN, Edwards took down the champion in the first round, but that just sparked Usman into action.

He dominated the next three rounds and looked certain to defend his title before the fifth and final round. In the dying seconds of the final round, Edwards produced a stunning head kick which knocked out Usman and secured him the win.

Edwards vs Usman 3

Tensions are high ahead of the third bout between Edwards and Usman. During a recent press conference for the bout, the two argued over their previous fights, MMA Fighting reported.

Usman talked up his dominance over the champion in their previous fights while Edwards fired back about his vicious head kick which knocked out the former champion.

UFC fighters predict the winner

Some of the other fighters on the card have weighed in on the upcoming title fight and predicted who they thought will win the fight.

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Edwards knocks out Usman

Kamaru Usman failed to defend his welterweight title in a rematch against Leon Edwards.

The desperate Edwards produced a stunning last-gasp head-kick KO to win the welterweight title against Kamaru Usman at UFC 278, Sports Brief reported.

This came seven years after both fighters clashed, and in the early exchanges, Usman wasted no time in taking Edwards down as the fight got underway.

Source: Sports Brief News