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Leon Edwards knocks out Kamaru Usman to win UFC title

Leon Edwards has defeated Kamaru Usman, fondly called the ‘Nigerian nightmare’, by knock out to win the UFC welterweight title at UFC 278 in Salt Lake City, Utah, US.

According to the BBC, behind on points in the fifth, Edwards, 30, landed a left high-kick to stun Nigeria’s pound-for-pound number one fighter.

Edwards becomes the first British champion since Michael Bisping in 2016 and only the second in history.

“You all doubted me, saying I couldn’t do it – look at me now,” said Edwards.

“I’m from the trenches. I’m built like this. I’ve been doubted my whole life but look at me now.”

In beating Usman, Edwards avenges his defeat in 2015 and ends the 35-year-old’s 15-fight unbeaten streak in the UFC.

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