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Edwards beat Usman to retain UFC title

Edwards beat Usman to retain UFC title

Leon Edwards retained his UFC welterweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Kamaru Usman at UFC 286 at the 02 Arena on Sunday. 

The fight which went the whole five rounds saw the Jamaican-born British fighter defeat the Nigerian to retain his title as the decision was created with an incredible noise around the O2 Arena.

The fight was keenly contested by both fighters and Edwards after retaining his title hailed the competitiveness from his fierce rival also revealing that he may face Colby Covington next in Miami.

“Thanks to Kamaru for being a great competitor,” Edwards said after the fight. ”I couldn’t get the kick around his head. He had the perfect defence. I was trying to set it up with kicks to the body and legs.

“I know it was a close fight so I knew I had to land the cleaner shots. He didn’t land many clean on me. He just had lots of pressure. That man [Colby Covington] has sat out for two years. I might take a little trip to Miami and see what’s going on there.”

Usman who hailed the champion for retaining his belt said he did enough to win the fight but he felt it was a close call for the judges. 

“I think I did enough to win the fight but I knew it was close,” Usman said after the fight. “He had a great gameplan. I always said from the start we’d meet again and I’m not done. We will see each other again.

“I always gave him props for what he’s accomplished. He’s a brother like myself and has great respect. London you’ve got yourself a great champion.”

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