UFC 278: Can Usman retain his title against Edwards?

UFC 278: Can Usman retain his title against Edwards?

Seven years ago, UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman defeated Leon Edward after three rounds via unanimous decision. Can “The Nigerian Nightmare” repeat that feat by defending his title this month against the same opponent?

Brief background


Kamaru Usman (20 wins, 1 loss) and Leon Edward (19 wins, 3 losses) will have a rematch in the UFC 278 main event on August 20th at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.

Leon “Rocky” Edward poses a huge threat to defending champion Kamaru Usman in the much-anticipated bout. Edward has won nine straight bouts against distinguished opponents such as: former lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos, Vicente Luque, and fan favorite Nate Diaz at UFC 263. This will be Edwards’  first shot at the UFC gold.

Usman on the other hand has won 19 straight bouts, including five successful title defenses since capturing the belt in March 2019.  The Nigerian-American fighter is looking to extend his dominance of the 170-pound division.

In the UFC, Usman has an unblemished 15-0 run, defeating the likes of the aforementioned Leon Edwards (unanimous decision), Sean Strickland (unanimous decision), Demian Maia (unanimous decision), Rafael dos Anjos (unanimous decision), Tyron Woodley (unanimous decision), Jorge Masvidal (twice), Gilbert Burns (Technical Knockout), and most recently, Colby Covington (unanimous decision), for the second time at UFC 268.

Career stats

Usman Kamaru career statistics:

  • Significant Strikes Landed Per Minutes: 4.66
  • Significant Striking Accuracy: 52%
  • Significant Strikes Absorbed Per Minutes: 2.59
  • Significant Strike Defence: 58%
  • Average Takedowns Landed Per 15 minutes: 3.00
  • Takedown Accuracy: 49%
  • Takedown Defence: 100%
  • Average Submission attempted per 15 minutes: 0.1

Leon Edwards career statistics:

  • Significant Strikes Landed Per Minutes: 2.62
  • Significant Striking Accuracy: 49%
  • Significant Strikes Absorbed Per Minutes: 2.15
  • Significant Strike Defence: 55%
  • Average Takedowns Landed Per 15 minutes: 1.48
  • Takedown Accuracy: 35%
  • Takedown Defence: 70%
  • Average Submission attempted per 15 minutes: 0.3

Kamaru vs. Edward BetKing Betting Tips

Time and again, Kamaru has proven his ability to take on any opponent willing to face him. Kamaru remains the favourite to win.

Tip 1: Bet on Kamaru to win @ 1.24

Tip 2: Bet on the fight to end within 4 rounds @ 2.25

Regardless of who you bet on, this will surely be an epic fight if you enjoy sports betting. Head to BetKing to place your bets and keep checking back for more sports betting tips on your favourite mma matches.

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