UFC 286: Leon Edwards clips Kamaru Usman, keeps welterweight title

Leon Edwards UFC 286

Leon Edwards celebrate after defeating Kamaru Usman to retain the UFC welterweight title in the main event of UFC 286. Photo from UFC Twitter

Leon Edwards retained his welterweight title by defeating Kamaru Usman by majority decision at UFC 286 on Saturday in London.

Edwards took the cards 48-46, 48-46 while a third judge scored the fight 47-47.

Edwards extended his unbeaten streak to 12 in his first defense of the title.

“I knew I could go out there and take his shots,” Edwards said. “Even when he was pressuring, not much happened.”

Though the total strikes were close, Edwards (21-3) landed 120 signature strikes to Usman’s 87.

“I knew it was a close fight,” Usman said. “Great game plan. I’ve always said it from the start, I knew I’d see Leon again and I’m not done. I’ll see him again. I’ve always given him props for everything he’s been able to accomplish. He’s just like me. It’s in his blood. Much respect, London. You’ve got yourself a great champion and a hell of a guy.”

Usman fell to 20-3.


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