UFC 278 Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards — Live results and analysis

SALT LAKE CITY – Kamaru Usman is already being asked about Khamzat Chimaev as a future contender. He’s talked about the idea of ​​going up two divisions to light heavyweight and fighting for that title. UFC President Dana White wants to engage Usman in the biggest conversation ever.

But before all of this potentially historic stuff can materialize, Usman still has work to do. On Saturday, the pound-for-pound king of MMA will defend his UFC welterweight title against Leon Edwards in the main event of UFC 278 at Vivint Arena.

ESPN ranked Usman the No. 1 welterweight pick in the world. Edwards is number 4. The two have met before – and it was the last time Edwards lost: December 2015, by unanimous decision.

Usman (20-1) is on a 15-fight UFC win streak, missing one win to break Anderson Silva’s record of 16. The Nigerian-born fighter who trains in Colorado has been the UFC welterweight champion since defeating Tyron Woodley at UFC 235 in March 2019. Usman, 35, has five successful welterweight title defenses.

Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) is unbeaten in 10 straight fights for almost seven years. The Jamaican-born England resident has not fought since a unanimous decision victory over Nate Diaz at UFC 263 in May 2021. Edwards, 30, has an 11-2, 1 NC record in the UFC.

In the co-main event, former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold meets former title challenger Paulo Costa. Rockhold (16-5), a 37-year-old California native, has not fought since 2019 and has only had one win since beating Chris Weidman for the title in 2015. Costa (13-2), a 31-year-old Brazilian hitter, has lost back-to-back, including a second-round TKO loss to middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 in September 2020.

Also on the card is former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who will face rising Merab Dvalishvili at bantamweight, Marcin Tybura meets Alexander Romanov in a heavyweight contender and popular Australian light heavyweight Tyson Pedro meets Harry Hunsucker.

Follow along as Brett Okamoto, Marc Raimondi and Jeff Wagenheim recap the action or watch the fights on ESPN+ PPV.

still to come:

Welterweight Championship: Kamaru Usman (c) (20-1, 15-0 UFC, -400) vs. Leon Edwards (19-3 1 NC, 11-2 1 NC UFC, +310)
Middleweight: Paulo Costa (13-2, 5-2 UFC, -370) vs. Luke Rockhold (16-5, 6-4 UFC, +290)
Men’s Bantamweight: Jose Aldo (31-7, 13-6 UFC, +120) vs. Merab Dvalishvili (14-4, 7-2 UFC, -140)
Bantamweight women: Wu Yanan (12-5, 1-4 UFC, +100) vs. Lucie Pudilová (13-7, 2-5 UFC, -120)
Light Heavyweight: Tyson Pedro (83-, 4-3 UFC, -800) vs. Harry Hunsucker (7-5, 0-2 UFC, +550)
Heavyweight: Marcin Tybura (22-7, 9-6 UFC, +300) vs. Alexandr Romanov (16-0, 5-0 UFC, -380)
Lightweight: Leonardo Santos (18-6-1, 7-2-1 UFC, +240) vs. Jared Gordon (18-5, 6-4 UFC, -300)
Featherweight Men: Sean Woodson (9-1, 3-1 UFC, -340) vs. Luis Saldaña (16-7, 2-1 UFC, +270)
Welterweight: AJ Fletcher (9-1, 0-1 UFC, -160) vs. Ange Loosa (8-3, 0-1 UFC, +135)
Flyweight Men: Francisco Figueiredo (13-4-1, 2-1 UFC, +360) vs. Amir Albazi (14-1, 2-0 UFC, -470)
Men’s Bantamweight: Aoriqileng (19-9, 1-2 UFC, -140) vs. Jay Perrin (10-5, 0-1 UFC, +120)
Flyweight Men: Daniel Da Silva (11-3, 0-2 UFC, +150) vs. Victor Altamirano (10-2, 0-1 UFC, -175)
(c) = Defending Champion UFC 278 Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards — Live results and analysis

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