UFC 278 Usman vs. Edwards 2: Leon Edwards scores last minute knockout to win welterweight title
Leon Edwards has shocked the MMA world. With a head kick in the final round of a fight he was handily losing, Edwards knocked out Usman to win the UFC welterweight title in the main event of UFC 278 on Saturday night here at Vivint Arena.
The finish came at 4:04 of the fifth round. Usman was considered the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world.
Edwards snapped Usman's 15-fight UFC winning streak, which was a UFC record.
Usman had been dominating the fight after the first round. But Usman leaned down to his right to defend an Edwards left and Edwards caught him flush with a left head kick, sending the more than 17,000 in attendance into a frenzy.
Usman, who was out on contact, was less than a minute away from a sixth title defense.
Edwards lands a few leg kicks, then defends a takedown attempt. He then slips on an attack, and Usman gets him to the canvas.
But Edwards gets up, and with two minutes to go, he scores a trip takedown into full mount.