This was already in the bag for Kamaru Usman.
up until the point where he stopped doing it.
The UFC welterweight champion, who had been in control of the fight for the majority of the night and appeared to be headed to a unanimous decision victory on the scorecards, blew his defense against Leon Edwards in the final minute at UFC 278 on Saturday. Usman’s crown fell from his head in that instant.
Edwards’ right hand was misdirected by Usman, allowing him to follow up with a devastating kick to the champion’s head from his left leg.
As seen on Twitter: “LEON EDWARDS JUST KNOCKED OUT KAMARU USMAN IN THE FINAL ROUND TO WIN THE BELT” (pic.twitter.com/HhzkckfPXa). Twitter user “Spinnin Backfist” Today is August 21, 2022, in the year 2022.
The game is over at this point. The undisputed pound-for-pound king had passed away. The MMA community went crazy.
It’s time to hut up and go on a hike! Immediately start or join a fantasy football league.
After booing the fight earlier for what they saw as a lack of action, fans at Salt Lake City’s Vivint Arena suddenly erupted in applause.
Social media users, fight fans, journalists, and analysts were all taken aback by the results.
No even a moderately high kick would do it. fully accepted his own demise. Somebody slanted their way to a win. Someone else slouched to his death. I adore this insane sport. pic.twitter.com/oygJvBcoeH August 21, 2022 – Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA)
What a fantastic sight to behold! Fantastic news, Leon! A martial arts practitioner of the highest caliber. Another ufc champion from the United Kingdom! Incredible! So happy for you, bro! @ParadigmSports August 21, 2022 – Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA)
As sad as I am, I can’t not be happy for Leon Edwards from where he came from to make it here and what he been through. Congratulations @Leon_edwardsmma !!! — Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) August 21, 2022
It was a knockout unlike any seen before in the UFC. WOWOWOWOW Tweet from Kevin Iole (@KevinI): “August 21, 2022”
Something like that never occurs. Actually, that never occurs. The fact is, it has happened. Amazing. August 21, 2022 #UFC278 — Kevin Iole (@KevinI)
If you have anything negative to say about Leon that you tweeted in the past three years, please go find it. One could say that MMA’s Tim Duncan has finally been recognized for his achievements. — Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) Today is August 21, 2022, in the year 2022.
This man has been treated with complete disrespect. I still can’t believe he actually did it. LEON, C’MON. YOU MADE IT HAPPEN. To be continued. — Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani), August 21, 2022
– Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) August 21, 2022 – Ok.
A smack that reverberated around the globe! Best of luck, @Leon edwardsmma. Battle of the trilogies is on the horizon. Honour to @USMAN84kg We penned his obituary! #UFC278 — TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) August 21, 2022 Amazing, you just high kicked your way to the championship. You have officially arrived, @Leon edwardsmma. August 21, 2022 – #ufc278 — Daniel Cormier (@dc mma)
Usman Leon Edwards is seconds away from retaining the belt and scoring an INSANE knockout with a headkick. WOW! Another UFC champion hails from Jamaica. A trilogy seems imminent! Fight Night 278: Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) vs. Michael Bisping (@bisping) August 21, 2022 #UFC278
That’s the craziness of mixed martial arts and other combat sports: even if you’re losing, you still have a chance to win with just one good shot. Up until the final bell, anything could happen. Aug. 21, 2022 #UFC278 — Mark Ingram II (@markingramII)
Fight like madness!! August 21, 2022 — Dez Bryant (@DezBryant)
Usman, meanwhile, offered his own perspective and vowed to come back.
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