Leon Edwards, a Jamaican-born British UFC fighter, successfully defended his welterweight world title in London over the weekend, and he anticipates a long reign at the top.
The 31-year-old defeated former champion Kamaru Usman by majority decision in the highly anticipated trilogy fight, which was the co-main event at UFC 286.
This was Edwards’ first title defense, and his win extended his win streak to an impressive 13 straight fights.
After suffering from injuries and the pandemic, Edwards had to sit out for two years. He then returned and had another 14-month stint on the sidelines.
However, his victory over Usman in the main event at The O2 Arena in London, England silenced any skeptics.
Edwards hasn’t lost since dropping a decision to Usman in 2015, and he has reeled off 11 consecutive victories.
With a pair of wins over Usman in a seven-month span, Edwards has solidified his place as MMA’s top welterweight.
Edwards headlined a card at his adopted home in England and sold out the venue with 17,588 fans in attendance, setting a gate record for the O2.
The paid gate of $8.6 million was four times better than any UFC show in England previously, according to UFC president Dana White.
The judges scored the fight 48-46 twice and 47-47 for Edwards, giving him a majority decision seven months after his victory over Usman on August 20 in Salt Lake City.
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