UFC 286 results are in, and Leon Edwards wins via unanimous decision over Kamaru Usman.
The fight cards for Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman’s trilogy showdown are now public knowledge.
In the main event of UFC 286 at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night, the Brummie bruiser retained his welterweight title with a majority decision victory over the former pound-for-pound champion.
Many mixed martial arts fans believe Usman won Edward’s first title defense.
Edwards won the first two rounds on the judges’ cards, while Usman won the second round.
They all agreed that Edwards deserved a deduction in points for the third round, and their decision was unanimous.
The veteran referee Ben Cartlidge awarded round four to Usman and round five to Edwards.
Both fights were awarded victories by judges David Lethaby and Chris Lee, who were both supporting the defending champion.
Edwards, a former street kid who has become a beloved figure in Birmingham, became visibly emotional after he was able to keep his victory.
“He didn’t get any takedowns and I was blocking several of his shots,” he said.
I appreciate him being such a worthy opponent.
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To paraphrase, “I was going for the head kick, but fair play to him; he had perfect defense.”
Usman looked downcast, but he insisted that despite his recent string of defeats, he has no plans to retire.
I think I did enough to win, but it was close. I’m not done and I’ll see him again.
“He put on a hell of a gameplan.
“I can’t sit out for too long, I start getting antsy,” I told my coaches.