Hours after Anthony Joshua was defeated in a heavyweight boxing clash, Nigerian-American mixed martial artist, Kamaru Usman has also lost his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title to Leon Edwards.
Edwards defeated Usman also known as the Nigerian Nightmare at the UFC 278th event held at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, USA on Sunday morning, to become Britain’s second ever UFC champion.
Edwards also came into the event on an undefeated streak, winning nine bouts in a row, while patiently waiting for his first title shot.
The Jamaica-born Briton, however, avenged his loss to Usman in 2015, leaving Utah as welterweight champion after landing a vicious kick that sent Usman sprawling to the canvas with just seconds left of their five-bout clash.
The fight wasn’t close as the fourth round ended with Usman winning 3-1 and only needed to avoid a knockout to retain his title and match MMA Greatest of All Time Anderson Silva with six successive title defences.
However, in round five, the unlikely happened as the Brit feinted and tricked Usman, using the opening to land a solid left kick on Usman’s head, which sent the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ to an early rest.