Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards 2 Slated For UFC 278 Headliner On August 20. In Utah

    ByRoss Markey

    Jun 12, 2022
    Kamaru Usman

    An undisputed welterweight title rematch between the reigning division champion, Kamaru Usman, and the #2 ranked contender, Leon Edwards is slated to headline UFC 278 on August 20. from the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

    Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards first met on the preliminary card of UFC Orlando back in 2015

    First meeting back in December 2015 as part of a UFC Fight Night Orlando event, Usman managed to successfully defeat Edwards with a unanimous decision win over the course of three rounds, early into the pair’s respective UFC tenures.

    In his most recent Octagon appearance back in November of last year, Kamaru Usman successfully landed his sixth defense of the welterweight title – defeating former interim gold holder, Colby Covington with a unanimous decision win. 

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    For Edwards, the Birmingham native has enjoyed a 10-fight undefeated run since his UFC Orlando defeat to Usman seven years ago, most recently defeating Nate Diaz at UFC 263 back in June of last year. The UFC confirmed the pairing of Usman and Edwards on their official Twitter account as well as during the broadcast for UFC 275. 

    In prior title defenses, Usman, a native of Auchi, Nigeria – successfully handed losses to Covington (x2), Jorge Masvidal (x2), and former Sanford MMA training partner, Gilbert Burns.

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    As for Edwards, the Team Renagade BJJ & MMA trainee managed to land noteworthy victories over the likes of Vicente Luque, Gunnar Nelson, former undisputed lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos, and the aforenoted Stockton native, Diaz during his run to the title and the subsequent rematch against Usman. 

    UFC 278 will feature the undisputed welterweight title rematch between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards atop the August 20. card in Salt Lake City – while another high-profile bout between former title challenger, Paulo Costa, and former undisputed champion, Luke Rockhold also expected to land at the event to boot.