UFC 278 preview

Salt Lake City plays host to UFC 278 on Saturday night, as Kamaru Usman looks to defend his welterweight title against Leon Edwards in a rematch that has taken seven years to come around.


By Kieran Cobley

Salt Lake City plays host to UFC 278 on Saturday night, as Kamaru Usman looks to defend his welterweight title against Leon Edwards in a rematch that has taken seven years to come around.

Usman comes into the bout on a 19 fight win streak and is in the process of lapping the 170lbs division, having already had rematches with Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington, with his main event bout with Edwards being his third rematch in as many years.

For Edwards, UFC 278 sees his long wait for a title fight end after the Birmingham based fighter went through hell and high water to get his shot, racking up a nine fight win streak (not including his no contest with Belal Muhammed) and being taken out of the rankings for his refusal to fight a then un-ranked, Khamzat Chimaev.

The two last squared off in 2015, but both men have evolved since, and you can take a more in-depth preview of their upcoming bout here.

In the co-main event, Paulo Costa will look to show the UFC were right to let him return to the middleweight division after the fiasco with Marvin Vettori as the Brazilian takes on former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.

Costa’s shenanigans with his last fight, where he notified the UFC that he wouldn’t be attempting to make 185lbs or the then agreed 195lbs, forced the fight into a light heavyweight bout, were highly unprofessional and were rightly criticised by fans and media alike. Now Costa needs to show that he can make 185lbs and keep his name in the division; otherwise, another forced move to 205lbs could be on the cards.

Meanwhile, Rockhold will try to show that he can still beat top quality opponents despite a weakened chin. The former middleweight champion has lost three of his last four bouts by knockout, showing he is susceptible to a heavy punch.

In what could be a title eliminator for the bantamweight division, Merab Dvalishvili squares off with Jose Aldo, the former featherweight king of the UFC.

Dvalishvili is currently riding a five fight winning streak, utilising his heavy wrestling offence to grind out wins over his opponents by sapping their gas tanks. Nowhere is this better illustrated than by his record of 13 takedowns in a fight when he beat Gustavo Lopez back in 2020.

Aldo has looked impressive since moving to 135lbs, and his notorious leg kicks still give his opponents problems to deal with. “The King of Rio” is known for his knockout ability with 16 wins by KO/TKO, and that would look to be his best chance at winning on Saturday, especially if he can avoid hitting the mat with “The Machine.”

Further down the card, Miranda “The” Maverick is in action as she takes on Shanna Young in a flyweight contest to open the ESPN+ prelims. In contrast, Marcin Tybura takes on Alexander Romanov in a heavyweight bout in the evening’s featured prelim.

The action gets underway from 11pm on UfC Fight Pass, with the main card kicking off at 3am.

Fight Card

Main Card

Kamaru Usman vs Leon Edwards – welterweight title fight

Paulo Costa vs Luke Rockhold – middleweight bout

Jose Aldo vs Merab Dvalishvil – bantamweight bout

Wu Yunan vs Lucie Pudilova – women’s bantamweight bout

Tyson Pedro vs Harry Hunsucker – light heavyweight bout

Preliminary Card

Marcin Tybura vs Alexander Romanov – heavyweight bout

Leonardo Santos vs Jared Gordon – lightweight bout

Sean Woodson vs Luis Suldana – featherweight bout

Miranda Maverick vs Shanna Young – women’s flyweight bout

A.J. Fletcher vs Ange Loosa – welterweight bout

Amir Albazi vs Francisco Figueiredo – flyweight bout

Aori Qilieng vs Jay Perrin – bantamweight bout

Daniel Lacerda vs Victor Altamirano – flywweight bout

Usman vs Edwards II: Repeat or revenge?

UFC 278 takes place this Saturday, August 20th, in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is headlined by the long awaited rematch between current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (20-1, 9 KO, 1 Sub) and top contender Leon Edwards (19-3, 6 KO, 3 Sub, 1 NC).


By Kieran Cobley

UFC 278 takes place this Saturday, August 20th,in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is headlined by the long awaited rematch between current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (20-1, 9 KO, 1 Sub) and top contender Leon Edwards (19-3, 6 KO, 3 Sub, 1 NC).

“The pair first met in 2015, with “The Nigerian Nightmare” scoring a unanimous decision win over Birmingham native Edwards.

But seven years have passed since then, and both men have evolved during that time.

Usman’s reputation of being “boring” fighter who merely goes for decision wins has been shattered, with the TUF 21 winner utilising his wrestling background to take fighters to the mat and keep them there. That was how Usman successfully navigated his first bout with Edwards, securing six takedowns on his way to getting the nod from the judges.

That Usman is long gone. The Usman of 2022 is regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, a fighter who can slam you, tie you in a tight clinch, or simply beat the brakes off you with his new found love of striking.

In three of his last five fights, Usman has scored knockout victories over the man opposite him in the Octagon, with those men being very notable: former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, former interim welterweight champion Colby Covington, and last but not least, the BMF of the UFC, Jorge Masvidal.

This ferocity in striking, brought on from working with Trever Wittman in fight camp while training in Sanford MMA in Florida for the rest of the year, has made Usman lethal. Stepping into his boxing range is like putting your head in the mouth of a lion; nothing good can come of it.

Psychologically, Usman will feel good coming into this bout after seeing his brother, Mohammed, win the TUF Heavyweight final two weeks ago and coming into this fight on a run of 19 consecutive wins.

Edwards’ rise to the top of the welterweight division is nothing to sneer at. Since losing to Usman, the Team Renegade talisman has won nine bouts, with a no contest with Belal Muhammed in the mix too.

While Usman was regarded as being boring due to his heavy wrestling style, fans were equally unimpressed with Edwards, seeing him as a point fighter who lacked finishing ability in a division full of fighters who could get the win within the distance.

It was perhaps this fan resentment that caused Edwards to have to wait for so long for his shot; after all, he did have a more legitimate shout for a title fight than Covington or Masvidal did, with the pair getting rematches not long after being soundly beaten by Usman. At the same time, Edwards was forced to consistently hold onto his position at the top of the rankings.

There was also the issue of Edwards being removed from the rankings for not accepting a fight with the then un-ranked Khamzat Chimaev, instead opting to wait it out for either a title shot or a fight with a notable ranked contender, for instance, Nate Diaz, who Edwards beat easily.

That has to be put to the back of Edwards’ head now, and he needs to focus on Usman, a new Usman, a more dangerous Usman. If Edwards underestimates Usman and still believes him to be the same fighter he was in their first meeting, he will be in deep trouble.

There is no obvious way for Edwards to win this fight; slipping in an out of range against Usman is an impossible task given the man’s abilities and movement skills.

The bookies are certainly in favour of Usman in this fight, making him a heavy favourite with odds of ¼ to win and 11/5 to win by either submission or KO.

However, miracles can happen in MMA; Derrick Lewis’ come from behind KO against Aleksander Volkov, Matt Serra’s underdog win against George Saint-Pierre, and JuliannPena’s KO win against the double champ, Amanda Nunes.

A win for Edwards would undoubtedly be one of the most significant underdogs wins ever, but this is one hell of an uphill battle.

UFC 194: McGregor and Rockhold become New Champions

It only took Conor McGregor 13 seconds to become the new featherweight champion of the world, knocking out Jose Aldo with a straight left punch in doing so.
Meanwhile in the co-main event it took Luke Rockhold 4 rounds to dispatch of the former middleweight champion Chris Weidman via a TKO stoppage after putting on a classic brutal ‘Rockhold’ fight to become the new Middleweight Champion.
Max Holloway showed why he is just getting better and better with each fight by gaining a clear dominant points wind over Jeremy Stephens.[…]


UFC 194 was finally upon us, where the only featherweight champion the UFC has ever known, Jose Aldo will be defending his title for the eighth time meeting the Interim title holder in that of Conor McGregor at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand.

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It only took Conor McGregor 13 seconds to become the new featherweight champion of the world, knocking out Jose Aldo with a straight left punch in doing so. It was not going to be long time reigning champ Jose Aldo’s night, but the night belonged to New featherweight champion Conor Mcgregor.

Meanwhile in the co-main event it took Luke Rockhold 4 rounds to dispatch of the former middleweight champion Chris Weidman via a TKO stoppage after putting on a classic ‘Rockhold’ fight to become the new Middleweight Champion. 

Max Holloway showed why he is just getting better and better with each fight by gaining a clear dominant points wind over Jeremy Stephens.

Here are the full results:

Main Card 3 am UK

Conor McGregor Def  Jose Aldo Via KO  0.13 seconds

 New UFC Featherweight champion – Conor McGregor

Luke Rockhold  Def Chris Weidman Via TKO   3:12  round 4

New UFC Middleweight champion – Luke Rockhold

Yoel Romero  Def  Ronaldo Souza Via Unanimous Decision 29-27 28-29, 29-28

Demian Maia   Def Gunnar Nelson Via Unanimous Decision 30-26, 30-25, 30=25

Max Holloway  Def  Jeremy Stephens Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 30-27, 29-28

Preliminary Card 1 am UK

Urijah Faber  Def Frankie Saenz Via Unanimous Decision 29-28, 29-28, 30-27

Tecia Torres Def Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger  Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Warlley Alves  Def  Colby Covington Via Guillotine 1:26 round 1

Leonardo Santos Def  Kevin Lee Via TKO 3:26 round 1

Preliminary Card Fight Pass 11.30 pm UK

Magomed Mustafaev Def Joe Proctor Via TKO 1:54 Round 1

Yancy Medeiros Def John Makdessi Via Split Decision 29-28, 28-29, 29-28

Court McGee Def  Marcio Alexandre Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 29-28, 29-28

Bonuses

FOTN

Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold

POTN

Conor McGregor

Leonardo Santos

UFC Fight Night 62 Maia vs. LaFlare Full Results; Tainted by Clear Controversy!


Last night UFC Fight Night 62, came from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, where in the main event, welterweight Demian Maia put on a tactical clinic to cruise to a unanimous decision over Ryan LaFlare.

In the co-main event, Josh Koscheck suffered his fifth consecutive loss to Erick Silva via Guillotine Choke in the opening round. He is now faced with the ultimate decision, as to what is best for himself and his career. Whatever he decides, all I can say, is that it has been a pleasure for me, personally, to have watched him for the last ten years since TUF 1.

Controversy surrounded the Leandro Silva Vs. Drew Dober fight, due to the fact referee, Eduardo Herdy stopped the action mid fight just as Dober was about to escape Silva’s attempt at a Guillotine Choke (even the Brazilian fans were astonished). In light of these actions Dana White gave Dober his show money, and WIN money.

Here are the Full Results:

 

Demian Maia Win UFC Fight Night 62 by Jason Silva USA TODAY
Demian Maia Win UFC Fight Night 62 by Jason Silva USA TODAY Sports

 Fight Results:

Demian Maia Def  Ryan LaFlare  Via  Unanimous Decision 48-46, 48-46, 48-46

Erick Silva Def Josh Koscheck Via Guillotine Choke 4 mins 21 secs Round One

Erick Silva Win UFC Fight Night 62 by Jason Silva USA TODAY
Erick Silva Win UFC Fight Night 62 by Jason Silva USA TODAY Sports

Leonardo Santos  Def Tony Martin Via RNC  2 mins 29 secs Round Two

Amanda Nunes  Def  Shayna Baszler  Via  TKO  (strikes) 1 min 56 Secs Round One

Amanda Nunes vs. Shayna Baszler during UFC Fight Night 62 by Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports
Amanda Nunes vs. Shayna Baszler during UFC Fight Night 62 by Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Gilbert Burns  Def  Alex Oliveira  Via Armbar 4 mins 14 secs Round One

Godofredo Pepey  Def  Andre Fili  Via Triangle Choke 3 mins 14 secs Round One

Preliminary Card 

Francisco Trinaldo Def  Akbarh Arreola Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Kevin Souza  Def Katsunori Kikuno Via KO (Punch) 1 min 31 secs Round one

Leandro Silva Def  Drew Dober Via Guillotine choke 2 mins 25 secs Round Two – Very controversial with the Referee

Leandro Silva vs. Drew Dober  during UFC Fight Night 62 by Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports
Leandro Silva vs. Drew Dober during UFC Fight Night 62 by Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Leonardo Mafra  Def Cain Carrizosa Via Unanimous Decision 30-26, 30-27, 30-27

Preliminary Card UFC Fight Pass

Christos Giagos  Def  Jorge de Oliveira   Via RNC 3 mins 12 secs Round One

Fredy Serrano Def Bentley Syler Via KO (uppercut) 1 min 34 secs Round Three

POTN BONUSES

Godofredo Pepey

Fredy Serrano

Kevin Souza

Gilbert Burns

Photo Credits: Jason Silva USA TODAY Sports

UFC Fight Night Rio De Janerio – Maia vs LaFlare Weigh In Results


The UFC heads to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for Fight Night 62, with welterweight Demian Maia taking on the undefeated Ryan LaFlare in the main event.

Josh Koscheck, steps in on short notice to face Erick Silva in the co-main event, whilst ‘The Queen of Spades’ Shayna Baszler takes on Amanda ‘The Lioness’ Nunes in a bantamweight showdown.

First of all, the all important weigh-ins, with all 24 athletes making weight on their first attempt.

 Main Card 

Demian Maia  vs. Ryan LeFlare Face Off UFC Fight Night RIO
Demian Maia vs. Ryan LeFlare Face Off UFC Fight Night RIO

Demian Maia   171 lbs vs. Ryan LaFlare 171 lbs
Josh Koscheck   170 lbs vs. Erick Silva 171 lbs

Josh Koscheck vs. Erick Silva Face Off UFC RIO
Josh Koscheck vs. Erick Silva Face Off UFC RIO

Leonardo Santos  156 lbs vs. Tony Martin 156 lbs

Leonardo Santos vs. Tony Martin Face Off UFC RIO
Leonardo Santos vs. Tony Martin Face Off UFC RIO

Leonardo Santos Weigh In UFC RIO
Leonardo Santos Weigh In UFC RIO

Amanda Nunes   136 lbs vs. Shayna Baszler 136 lbs

Amanda Nunes vs. Shayne Baszler Face Off UFC RIO
Amanda Nunes vs. Shayne Baszler Face Off UFC RIO

Shayna Baszler Weigh In UFC RIO
Shayna Baszler Weigh In UFC RIO

Amanda Nunes Weigh In UFC RIO
Amanda Nunes Weigh In UFC RIO

Gilbert Burns  154 lbs vs. Alex Oliveira 155 lbs

Gilbert Burns vs. Alex Oliveira Face Off UFC RIO
Gilbert Burns vs. Alex Oliveira Face Off UFC RIO

Godofredo Pepey  145 lbs vs. Andre Fili 145 lbs

Godofredo  Pepey vs. Andre Fili Face Off UFC RIO
Godofredo Pepey vs. Andre Fili Face Off UFC RIO

Preliminary Card 

Francisco Trinaldo   155 lbs vs. Akbarh Arreola 156 lbs
Kevin Souza   146 lbs vs. Katsunori Kikuno 146 lbs
Leandro Silva   156 lbs vs. Drew Dober 156 lbs
Leonardo Mafra   155 lbs vs. Cain Carrizosa 155 lbs

Preliminary Card UFC Fight Pass

Jorge de Oliveira   156 lbs vs. Christos Giagos 155 lbs
Bentley Syler   126 lbs vs. Fredy Serrano 125 lbs

UFC Fight Night 62, takes place at the Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, March 21st.

 

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