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Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman Trilogy Strive in opposition to for Welterweight Title Position for UFC 286

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJanuary 15, 2023

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - AUGUST 20: Novel UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards speaks to the media following his UFC 278 snatch on August 20, 2022, on the Vivint in Salt Lake Metropolis, UT. (Photo by Amy Kaplan/Icon Sportswire through Getty Pictures)

Amy Kaplan/Icon Sportswire through Getty Pictures

UFC President Dana White introduced Saturday that Leon Edwards will defend his welterweight title in opposition to Kamaru Usman at UFC 286 within the O2 Enviornment in London on March 18.

Edwards defeated Usman for the belt at UFC 278 final August after handing over a fifth-round head kick for a knockout, establishing their upcoming trilogy fight.

The 2 first confronted off at UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cowboy 2 in Dec. 2015. Usman received through unanimous decision.

The UFC 286 co-main event will characteristic Justin Gaethje combating Rafael Fiziev in a gentle-weight fight.

This fight will be a homecoming for the 31-one year-historical Edwards, who moved to England on the age of 9 and fights out of Birmingham. For his reliable career, he sports actions a 20-3 tale with one no-contest. He has seven knockouts and three submission victories.

Usman had received 19 straight fights sooner than falling to Edwards. For his career, he is 20-2 with 9 knockouts and one submission.

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