UFC 278 Live: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman looks to continue his run of dominance in the 170-pound division when he defends his title against Leon Edwards in the main event of UFC 278. The event takes place Aug. 20 from Vivant Arena in Salt Lake City.The main card for the UFC’s Aug. 20 pay-per-view has been announced with Usman defending his welterweight championship against Leon Edwards in the headliner. The bout is a rematch of a December 2015 bout that Usman won by unanimous decision.
Usman is currently the No. 1 welterweight in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings and the No. 2 fighter in the Pound-for-Pound Rankings. He is coming off of a unanimous decision win over rival Colby Covington at UFC 268 this past November, a victory that extended his undefeated streak to 19 straight fights.
Usman and Edwards both bring lengthy winning streaks to their clash. Usman has won 19 straight bouts, including five successful title defenses since capturing the belt in March 2019. Edwards is on a nine-fight winning streak. His most recent loss came against Usman when the two fought in December 2015.
In the co-main event, former featherweight champion Jose Aldo will clash with Merab Dvalishvili in bantamweight action. Since losing his first two UFC bouts, Dvalishvili has won seven consecutive bouts. After a three-fight losing skid, Aldo has rebounded with three straight wins and is looking to beat Dvalishvili to once again establish himself as a title contender.Plus, a highly anticipated bout at middleweight is set for the PPV card when former champion Luke Rockhold makes his return to 185 pounds to take on former title challenger Paulo Costa. Rockhold has not returned to the Octagon since a one-fight sojourn to light heavyweight in 2019 where he was thunderously knocked out by Jan Blachowicz. Rockhold has only fought four times since 2016, including the stunning TKO loss to Michael Bisping to drop the 185-pound title. Costa, meanwhile, started his career a perfect 13-0 but has lost two in a row since 2020, including a TKO loss to Israel Adesanya for the title.That and much more are on deck for Aug. 20 in Salt Lake City. Be sure to stay locked to this page for the latest news and updates to the fight card.
The UFC’s next pay-per-view event, UFC 278, is rapidly approaching and the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport is set to make his return in the main event.Kamaru Usman will put his welterweight championship on the line in a rematch with Leon Edwards, which headlines the card Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. Prelims air on ESPN/ABC following early prelims on ESPN+.
The second encounter between Usman (20-1 MMA, 15-0 UFC) and Edwards (18-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) comes nearly seven years after they first shared the octagon. Usman defeated Edwards by unanimous decision at UFC on FOX 17 in December 2015, but it’s been nothing but success since.Usman will look to make it 16-0 in the octagon at UFC 278, which would tie Anderson Silva’s record for longest winning streak in UFC history. Edwards, meanwhile, is riding a 10-fight unbeaten streak and has been patiently waiting for his first crack at UFC gold.Before that happens, though, the UFC has published the complete first fight between Usman and Edwards, which can be viewed above.
Kamaru Usman is serious about moving up not one but two weight classes in a bid to become the UFC’s next two-division champion.Usman will be looking to move up to light heavyweight after he defends his welterweight title against top-ranked contender Leon Edwards at UFC 278.The Nigerian Nightmare’ will move up to 205 to face ‘whoever’ the champ is after he defeats ‘Rocky’ next month. Whether that’s Jiri, Jan, or some other fighter is of no concern to Usman. He’ll be able to beat whoever the UFC puts in front of him.We’re gonna go in there and we’re completely focused on Leon Edwards,” Usman said in a recent interview with TMZ Sports (h/t MMA News). “But after Leon Edwards, we have our sights set on (light heavyweight), whether it’s Jan or whether it’s Jiří, whoever it is, that’s what we want.
Usman’s confidence stems from the fact that he is not only one of the greatest champions in the sport but also the No. 1-ranked pound-for-pound fighter on the planet right now.
I want to prove to the world that there’s a reason why they say pound-for-pound,” he said. “That means pound-for-pound at any given time, any given moment, any given weight, I can go in there and not only hold my own, I can be victorious. I wanna be able to prove that.”Usman will return to the Octagon to defend his welterweight title against Edwards at the upcoming UFC 278 PPV on Aug. 20 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.