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Leon Edwards may be the new welterweight champion after beating Kamaru Usman via fifth-round knockout.
Edwards stunned the crowd in the initial round when he became the initial person to take Usman down. He utilized a vacation from the clinch to place the champion on the mat and also worked towards obtaining a rear-naked choke prior to the first bell rang.
The Nigerian Nightmare wasted virtually no time in bouncing back the next round. He scored early in the time with boxing combinations that put the challenger contrary to the fence.
Edwards fired back some strikes of their own, but Usman started mixing in the wrestling and started looking just like the usual juggernaut fans are accustomed to seeing.
It appeared to be Usman would cruise to some other title defense when Edwards knocked out the champion with a sensational left high kick that immediately ended Usman’s night and title reign.
Edwards not merely gets the joy of holding the belt, but he also earns a little bit of revenge. Both of these met back 2015 in a fight that Usman won via unanimous decision on his solution to learning to be a champion.
As the new champion lost that night, he hasn’t lost a fight since. The Brit has beaten everyone in his path, including Nate Diaz and Rafael dos Anjos.
As may be the case when most longtime champions are finally beaten, Edwards knows he’s likely likely to need to prove this is no fluke.
“He’s been a dominant champion, so naturally in sport in boxing or MMA, once you defend the belt a couple of times or been dominant, you obtain a rematch. So, I definitely envision carrying it out again,” he told reporters prior to the fight.
While a potential fight between Khamzat Chimaev and Kamaru Usman could have been huge, a trilogy fight between Edwards and Usman is currently the largest score to stay in the 170-pound division.