Kamaru Usman the Nigerian Nightmare’ returns to the Octagon on August 20th, 2022 against a veteran rival in Leon Edwards, he will strive to make it a record-tying 16th straight win in the UFC.
It was announced Saturday during the UFC 275 broadcast that Kamaru Usman will defend his UFC welterweight title against Leon Edwards in the main event of UFC 278 on Aug. 20 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The expected championship bout was Usman vs. Edwards, and the UFC was merely waiting for Usman to recuperate from his February hand surgery before booking the fight.
Usman is the world’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter, according to ESPN. Usman is ranked No. 1 at welterweight, while Edwards is ranked No. 4. Usman has previously defeated Edwards in a unanimous decision in December 2015.
Usman (20-1) has won 15 consecutive UFC fights, second only to Anderson Silva’s 16-fight winning streak. Last November, the Nigerian-born fighter defeated competitor Colby Covington by unanimous decision at UFC 268. After capturing the welterweight title in March 2019, Usman, 35, has successfully defended it five times.
After recovering from surgical treatment following his unanimous decision win over Colby Covington at UFC 268 last November, Usman will defend his Welterweight title against Edwards in the main event of UFC 278 which is to be held at Salt Lake City, Utah.
Both boxers have previously met, with Usman winning a unanimous decision against Edwards on December 19, 2015, and a second victory over his British opponent will further solidify his standing as the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter.
The 35-year-old has won 15 consecutive fights in the UFC, which is second only to Anderson Silva’s 16 consecutive wins in the promotion’s history. His entire MMA record is 20 wins, with 19 of them coming in a row and only one loss.
After ousting former champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 235 in 2019, Usman will be making his sixth successful welterweight title defense in Utah.
Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) hasn’t fought since beating Nate Diaz by unanimous decision at UFC 263 in June 2021. Since losing to Usman seven years ago, the Jamaican-born England resident has gone unbeaten in ten straight fights. Edwards, 30, has defeated Vicente Luque, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, and Rafael dos Anjos on his way to the championship.
The UFC hasn’t been to Salt Lake City since a UFC Fight Night show featuring Yair Rodriguez vs. Alex Caceres on August 6, 2016. UFC 278 will be the city’s first UFC pay-per-view event, and only the city’s second UFC event overall.