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Kamaru Usman Defends UFC Title Against Leon Edwards In August

Reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman puts his title on the line at UFC 278 against top contender Leon Edwards.

Kamaru Usman returns to the Octagon at UFC 278 this August.

Usman defends his welterweight title in the main event against Leon Edwards. The card takes place August 20 from Salt Lake City, Utah and airs live on pay-per-view.

No. 1 men’s pound-for-pound fighter Usman (20-1, fighting out of Dallas, Texas by way of Auchi, Nigeria) looks to continue his dominant run atop the welterweight division by netting his 20th consecutive win.

The winner of The Ultimate Fighter season 21, he holds spectacular victories over Colby Covington (twice), Jorge Masvidal (twice) and Gilbert Burns. Usman now aims to secure his sixth straight title defense by stopping Edwards in an emphatic fashion.

Edwards (19-3 1NC, fighting out of Birmingham, England) has amassed an impressive 10-fight unbeaten streak since his first encounter with Usman in late 2015.

A well-rounded competitor with KO power, he has secured memorable victories against Nate Diaz, Rafael Dos Anjos and Vicente Luque to earn his first UFC title opportunity. Edwards now intends to shock the world by dethroning Usman to achieve his dream of capturing UFC gold.

This is the first UFC event in Salt Lake City since 2016 when UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Caceres took place.

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