Pros react to Leon Edwards dramatic KO of Kamaru Usman

Watch your fellow contenders react to Leon Edwards’ insane comeback knockout that took the welterweight title from Kamaru Usman at UFC 278

In what will surely go down as perhaps the greatest comeback finish in MMA history – let alone that ufc Leon Edwards defeated Kamaru Usman in absolutely disgruntled fashion to become the new UFC Welterweight Champion.

Edwards surprised many people in the first round and became the first fighter in UFC history to defeat Usman. Edwards was in complete control in that opening frame as well, looking for a submission against Usman. Unfortunately for Edwards, it was all downhill from there.

Or so it seemed.

Usman landed several notable shots in the second round before continuing in what seemed like a pattern of Edwards being repeatedly knocked down. By the end of the fourth round, Edwards looked exhausted and it seemed like the defending champion had just five minutes left.

But in the literal last minute, Edwards threw a headbutt that landed and dropped Usman cold to become the new UFC champion and upset the pound-for-pound best.

UFC 278: Pros react to Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards

This championship game was the second time Usman and Edwards met in the Octagon. The first time came at a UFC Fight Night event in December 2015, months after Usman won season 21 of The Ultimate Fighter, with Usman defeating Edwards via unanimous decision.

Usman, who won the UFC Welterweight Title at UFC 235, defended the belt five times before tonight – twice each against Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal and once against Gilbert Burns.

Edwards has been unbeaten tonight since losing to Usman. Edwards had won nine of his last ten (a fight with Belal Muhammad was a no-contest), with his last fight before that title shot coming at last year’s UFC 263, where he defeated Nate Diaz.

UFC 278: Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards took place live from Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT on Saturday, August 20, 2022. Follow FanSided MMA who was there for all your news and highlights. Pros react to Leon Edwards dramatic KO of Kamaru Usman

John Verrall

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