UFC: Edwards earns decision win over Usman, retains title

By Daily Sports Nigeria on March 19, 2023

Leon Edwards clung on to his welterweight title with a second successive win over Kamaru Usman on Saturday night at the 02 Arena in London.

Having won the belt with a stunning final-round head kick last August, Edwards needed the judges at UFC 286 in London, but ran out a deserved winner after five rounds. Two judges scored the fight in Edwards’ favour by two rounds (48-46), while the third scored the bout a draw (47-47).

“He didn’t get any takedowns and I was defending multiple of his shots,” said the winner. “I want to say thank you to him, he’s been a great competitor. I was trying to get the head kick, but fair play to him because he had perfect defence.”

Edwards connected with his left hand early in the opening round as Usman made a patient start to the trilogy, slowly increasing the pressure. But Edwards landed successive body kicks before successfully defending a takedown attempt against the cage as he did enough to edge the first session.

And he made a sharp start to the second as he targeted Usman’s legs before he wobbled his challenger momentarily with a knee to his head. Usman responded with a right hand, however, and took Edwards to the canvas for the first time. But it was the Brit whose striking was sharper through the opening 10 minutes.

Usman continued to work his way into the fight with another takedown early in the third round. And he was given a shot in the arm when Edwards was deducted a point for holding the cage to potentially swing the fight in his favour.

Edwards continued to show impressive takedown defence in round four, while he chipped away at his challenger’s legs. It was all to play for in the final five minutes as Edwards finally threw a head kick in the opening seconds only for Usman to block. The Brit then switched to Usman’s body as he looked to finish the stronger.

Usman managed a final takedown with 90 seconds remaining but Edwards simply bounced back to his feet and saw out the contest before the judges gave him the nod by scores of 48-46, 48, 46 and 47-47.

Source Punch Ng

Posted March 19, 2023


You may also like...
Serena Williams knocked out of Australian Open

Serena Williams Powers Into French Open 2021 Fourth...

Kompany Retires From Playing To Be Anderlecht Boss...

Eriksson signifies interest in socceroos coach

Van Dijk Wins EPL Player of the Year...

Juventus, Ronaldo Knocked Out Of Champions League By...


Latest News …As Nigeria Inaugurates Her 16th President, Many Questions Than Answers Still Rising Insurance, Sunshine clash in Fed Cup q’final Naija Super 8: 41 clubs know fate today Bosso lauds Flying Eagles character against Italy United told to pay £140m for Osimhen Osimhen sighted in Berlin amid Bayern Munich rumoured move Eagles’ hopeful Eze gets England call-up EPL: Awoniyi ranks sixth in conversion rate Nigerian pupil declared Guinness World Record holder for most skips on one foot Onigbinde eulogises ‘Thunder’ Balogun’s wife Joshua posts cryptic message U-20 W’Cup: Flying Eagles beat Italy 2-0, reach last 16


Most Read Rangers International going, going . . . (50,973 views) Amaju Pinnick: A cat with nine lives (42,218 views) Second Term: Amaju Pinnick, Other NFF Heavyweights Home to Roost •How Pinnick Broke the Jinx (40,708 views) Missing $150,000 IAAF Grant: Solomon Dalung’s Hide and Seek game (40,513 views) Sports Development: Zenith Bank on the zenith (40,273 views) Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje’s solid footprints, commitment to sports development in Kano State (40,259 views) Current issues in Nigerian sports: Matters arising (39,915 views) NFF Presidency: Pinnick, Maigari, Ogunjobi, Okoye in Battle for Supremacy (39,286 views) Olopade, BET9A wave of revolution in NNL (38,585 views) Commonwealth Games 2018: Shame of Muhammadu Buhari, Solomon Dalung (37,421 views) Ibrahimovic’s Man U exit: Whose decision is it? And in whose interest? (35,868 views) John Mikel Obi: Segun Odegbami’s Outrageous Call! (35,449 views)


Phone numbers

Tel: +234(0)8066020976

Email addresses


Office address

No 3, Adetoun Close, Off College Road, Ogba, Ikeja Lagos.
Website: www.dailysportsng.com

Social Media