Leon Edwards had a definite solution for movie critics of his Hailstorm Mary success last break, beating his bane Kamaru Usman by bulk choice to keep his welterweight champion Saturday at UFC 286 in London.
2 courts scored it 48-46 for Edwards, while the 3rd court had it at 47-47.
It was an affordable battle in which both boxers had their minutes in every round. Edwards developed himself in the initial with tough kicks to the body as well as legs, however Usman started in Round 2, taking Edwards to the floor covering as well as touchdown some tough shots on the ground.
Usman struck initially in the 3rd round, functioning a solitary leg prior to racking up a takedown in the initial min. Edwards procured to his feet as well as approached the cage, however umpire Herb Dean punished Edwards a factor for ordering the fencing as Usman took his back. Edwards tipped up the rate after the factor reduction, harming Usman with a number of kicks to the leg as well as body in the last 2 mins of the round.
Edwards remained to function the leg kicks as the 4th round opened up, triggering some swelling to establish on the within Usman’s leg. Usman racked up a takedown late in the round, however Edwards restricted the damages by promptly returning to his feet.
With the battle relatively up for grabs in the last round, Edwards lastly mosted likely to the head with his kicks as well as landed one more large shot with his right-hand man. Usman strove to obtain Edwards to the canvas as well as obtained it with 90 secs to go. Yet Edwards, as he did throughout the battle, restricted the damages by promptly leaving as well as returning to his feet. Usman shot in once more in the closing secs of the battle, however Edwards trembled him off once more as the last buzzer seemed.
Saturday noted the 3rd battle in between Usman as well as Edwards, that was much less than a min from certain loss in their last conference when he managed a stunning head-kick ko to complete Usman at UFC 278.
Edwards (21-3, 1 NC) is unbeaten in 12 straight battles. He has actually not shed considering that Usman beat him through consentaneous choice in their initial battle in 2015.
Usman (20-4, 1 NC) had actually won 15 successive battles in the UFC prior to dropping his previous 2 to Edwards.