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UFC 286: Leon Edwards holds on to title belt with win over Kamaru Usman



Leon Edwards (21-3-0, 1NC) is still the undisputed UFC welterweight champion of the world after defeating Kamaru Usman (20-3-0) via unanimous decision at The O2 Arena in London on Saturday.

The main event of UFC 286 did not disappoint. It was a close fight heading into the championship rounds, with Edwards getting a couple points docked for some dirty hits.

This is the third installment between Edwards and Usman, with the score tied at one heading into the trilogy bout.

Edwards, 31, didn’t land as many head strikes or body blows as Usman, but controlled the fight with explosive kicks.

Usman, 35, was humble in defeat, showing respect for the champion during his postfight interview


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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