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UFC 278 will end with a championship fight between the champion, champion Kamaru Usman, or reminder why Rocky Edwards is still great.

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The conclusion of UFC 278 will either be a swan song for Leon “Rocky” Edwards or further proof that Kamaru Usman is the greatest fighter on the planet.

TYSON PEDRO VS. HARRY HUNSUCKER, LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT — 10:25 PM ET

When up against Harry Hunsucker, Tyson Pedro played his role perfectly.

Pedro stunned Hunsucker with a jab, and a front kick to the body ended the fight for good. The fight was stopped in the 64th second due to a technical knockout.

The odds were stacked against Hunsucker (7-6). Pedro (9-3) was given a fight tailor-made for him, and he won. In his professional career, he is 9-0 with all victories coming in the opening round. This makes him a very intriguing prospect in the light heavyweight division.

Late tonight at UFC 278 Kamaru Usman defends his welterweight title against Leon “Rocky” Edwards.

After losing to Usman in December 2015, Edwards (19-3-1) has won his last nine bouts. Edwards, who hails from Jamaica, has a fascinating backstory that parallels Rocky’s. He dabbled in dangerous pursuits as a teenager before finding redemption in mixed martial arts, and if he defeats Usman to win the welterweight title, his underdog story will reach a whole new level.

The undefeated Usman (20-1) will use every tool at his disposal to stop Edwards from taking home gold. If Usman prevails, it will be his 16th consecutive UFC victory, tying the record held by the great Anderson Silva. As the current pound-for-pound champion, Usman should be able to use his wrestling to take control of this fight. It won’t be simple, though. Edwards, 30, hasn’t fought since June of 2021, when he defeated Nate Diaz, while Usman, 35, is coming off of three very difficult bouts.

Notable bantamweight bouts include José Aldo vs. Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 278, as well as Luke Rockhold vs. Paulo Costa in his return. Wu Yanan faces Lucie Pudilová in a women’s bantamweight bout, and light heavyweight Tyson Pedro faces massive underdog Harry Hunsucker in a showcase bout.

The main event of this card is top-notch. In the end, either Edwards will have his moment of glory, or Usman will be proven once again to be the best in the world.

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