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Kamaru Usman To Rematch Leon Edwards For Welterweight Title At UFC 286


The rubber match is set, at UFC 286 Leon Edwards will defend his Welterweight Title against former UFC Champion Kamaru Usman on his home turf in London, England on March 18th.

#3 ranked Lightweight Justin Gaethje will be the Co-Main Event for UFC 286, set to fight #6 ranked Rafael Fiziev.

Five months ago, Leon Edwards did the impossible with an unbelievable comeback KO over the current pound-for-pound #1 ranked UFC fighter Kamaru Usman. Usman had it all but wrapped up in their second fight, but it was until Edwards landed the brutal head kick to send Usman unconscious in the fifth and final round.

Usman will get an opportunity to avenge his loss against Edwards, as it was the first time he has ever been knocked out in his 22-fight career. However, this time he will have to do it in the champ’s backyard.

Edwards was the first man to beat Usman since 2013, two years before he even made his UFC debut in 2015. Coincidentally enough, Usman’s second UFC career fight was against Edwards back in late 2015, where he won by unanimous decision. 

Usman then continued to go on a 13-fight win streak, and solidified himself as one of the best Welterweights of all time. All until Edwards made a huge statement, and proved that anything can truly happen in a fight. 

Edwards was able to control the clinch, and did a great job defending Usman’s elite wrestling. Although Edwards was having trouble on the feet, he still proved to be one of the best strikers in all of the UFC after being able to land flush head kick with short time, and while being down on the scorecards.

A third and final rematch between Edwards and Usman will go down at UFC 286, which will be a loaded card in London, England, set to premier one of the most anticipated fights of the year.

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Cael Turnbull
Cael Turnbull
Journalism Major at Temple University Graduating in May of 2023

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