Leon Edwards just shocked the world. The “Rocky” story of Edwards came to life with a come-from-behind, head-kick knockout late in Round 5 of the main event of UFC 278 on Saturday night.
After becoming the first person to score a takedown on the nearly perfect champion in Round 1, Edwards struggled in the following rounds to build any kind of momentum.
Usman took over the fight with his superior wrestling and slung heavy boxing combinations and seemed on his way to yet another title defense as he neared Anderson Silva’s record for most all time.
Usman’s pace slowed in Round 5, but it was likely leading towards a unanimous decision win for the champ as Edwards seemed defeated in his corner as his team begged him to come to life in the final round.
Suddenly, Edwards flicked out a right jab and fired up a left head kick that knocked Usman out cold at 4:04 of Round 5.
‘One-punch knockout’ – Tyson Fury sticking with his initial prediction for Joshua vs Wilder
Tyson Fury is unyielding that Deontay Wilder would KO Anthony Joshua if they somehow managed to meet in the ring.
The WBC champion has consistently demanded his previous enemy would beat his kindred Brit, and isn’t hoping to change his expectation any time soon.
Fury has imparted the ring with Wilder three times and has complicated information on his strengths and shortcomings.
In their first memorable battle in 2018, he boxed on the back foot and felt the American’s amazing power direct as he was wrecked in the 10th and afterward emphatically stunned in round 12.
His remarkable recovery to get back to his feet before the bout was ruled a contentious draw will never be forgotten.
When they met in a rematch in 2020, it was a very different story as Fury switched tactics completely, walking Wilder down, dropping him twice and stopping him in seven rounds.
Their 2021 trilogy showdown was almost a combination of the first two fights.
Fury was aggressive once again and put Wilder down in the third, only to then be decked twice himself in the following round.
At the end of a brutal battle, the Brit downed the American for a second time in round ten before getting the KO in the eleventh.
Wilder has not fought since this defeat, but is now scheduled to return against Robert Helenius on October 15.
Joshua too is now planning a comeback after suffering his second consecutive defeat to Oleksandr Usyk and is now all set to face Fury in huge battle of Britain showdown.
But there has also been talk about a potential AJ vs Wilder showdown finally coming to fruition in 2023.
Reacting to this speculation, Fury told SecondsOut: “I’ve always said who wins that fight – Wilder.
“Soon as he hits him, one-punch knockout. See you later, bye bye.”
Wilder, though, is being eyed by Andy Ruiz Jr, who beat Luis Ortiz earlier this month and seems open to the idea.
“Deontay Wilder’s back, we’re always looking for great, exciting fights. If that’s what lies up next, I’ve gotta handle business, but after that we can get it on,” Ruiz said.
BREAKING: Oleksandr Usyk beats Anthony Joshua by split decision in Saudi rematch
Oleksandr Usyk retains his WBO, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles and it was a lot closer than we imagined, according to the judges…
Joshua showed that he had made some real adjustments since their September 2021 clash, fighting in a lower stance and not falling into Usyk’s traps in the opening rounds. That made it difficult for Usyk to truly get rolling early as he maintained his constant lateral movement, but without the same offensive openings presenting themselves as they had in the first meeting.
Usyk began to switch up his gameplan beginning in Round 4 as he began to figure out the approach Joshua was taking.
Rather than allow Joshua to lead the fight and apply pressure, Usyk began to circle more and fire off combinations with the intention to touch Joshua more than hurt him with any one shot.
In response to Usyk’s adjustment, Joshua began to fall into the same traps as the first meeting, chasing Usyk and missing wildly at times.
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder react to AJ’s defeat
Tyson Fury said: “That was s****. That was one of the worst heavyweight world title fights I’ve ever seen. They’re both s****. I would annihilate both of them on the same night. Get your chequebook out because I the Gypsy King is here to stay forever!”
Deontay Wilder posted on Twitter: “They tried to lock me in for insurance because they knew he wasn’t going to Win. This is strictly a business, Not a sport there’s a difference.”
UFC 278 Kamaru Usman vs Leon Edwards 2: How to watch, date, venue, live stream
Leon Edwards will again share the octagon with rival Kamaru Usman as he looks to become UFC champion at the first time of asking.
The British star will finally get the opportunity to take a shot at Usman’s welterweight crown with the fight set for UFC 278 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena, Utah in the early hours of tomorrow morning. It will be the second time the pair have met with Edwards having come up short against the Nigerian when they first touched gloves in 2015.
Standing in Edwards’ way of becoming champion is Usman who is fast becoming one of the most dominant champions in the promotions history ahead of his sixth consecutive title defence this weekend.
Date and Venue
Kamaru Usman will defend his belt against Leon Edwards inside Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City and will take place on Sunday, August 21.
What time is Kamaru Usman vs Leon Edwards 2 in Nigeria?
Kamaru Usman vs Leon Edwards should make their way to the ring around 5:25am WAT.
What time is Kamaru Usman vs Leon Edwards 2 in UK?
Both fighters are expected to walk to the octagon at around 4:45am with the bout set to take place at around 5am providing the previous bouts run to schedule.
What time is Kamaru Usman vs Leon Edwards 2 in US?
The FIGHT PASS prelims will begin at around 6 p.m. ET. The prelims will go live at 8 p.m. ET and the main card starts at 10 p.m. ET.
How to watch Kamaru Usman vs Leon Edwards 2 in Nigeria?
If you are in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa or some parts in Africa, you can watch the match live on SuperSport Action, and SuperSport Variety 3 (DStv channel 201, 210 & 208)
How to watch Kamaru Usman vs Leon Edwards 2 in UK?
Edwards’ title challenge against Usman will be broadcast exclusively live on BT Sport 1. BT customers can watch the event as part of their standard subscription at no extra cost. It will also live streamed on BT Sport’s website and app, so is available via mobile, laptop or tablet devices.
How to watch Kamaru Usman vs Leon Edwards 2 in US?
The live streaming of UFC 278, Usman vs Edwards 2 will be available on ESPN+ in the US.
How to stream Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2 for free?
We will drop a live LINK here few minutes before the showdown, just comeback and refresh this page or save our live stream page link.
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