Leon Edwards successfully defended his welterweight throne against Kamaru Usman at UFC 286.
Both competitors fought in a high-level MMA matchup that entertained fight fans. Edwards’ leg kicking strategy paid off as he slowed Usman down substantially in the later rounds. Although Edwards had a point deducted for grabbing the fence in the second round, he still managed to prevail on the judges’ scorecards by majority decision.
While judges Ben Cartlidge and Chris Lee scored the fight 48-46 in favor of Leon Edwards, David Lethaby scored the fight a draw.
In the UFC, a the majority decision is made when two of the three judges score the match in favor of one of the wrestlers, while the third judge rules the match a draw. In such a fight, the fighter who ranks first on the most judges’ scorecards ultimately prevails.
in the same night, Gaethje and Rafael Fiziev engaged in a back and forth fight which was ultimately won by the more resilient fighter. For the entire 15 minutes, the lightweights went to war, but Gaethje’s power and his continuous offensive attack gave him the upper hand.
Judge Paul Sutherland scored the first two rounds in favor of Fiziev, but gave the third round to Justin Gaethje by a score of 10-8, resulting in a majority decision victory for the American by scores of 29-28, 29-28 and 28-28. .
Conor McGregor avenged his loss to rival Nate Diaz at UFC 202 by split decision. With six split/majority decisions, UFC286 is tied with The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated Finals for the most in UFC history.
Colby Covington throws shade over Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman before their main event showdown at UFC 286
Colby Covington is back back to his controversial, unfiltered self, making a surprise comeback as a substitute fighter for the UFC 286 main event clash between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman.
Covington has not fought since his unanimous decision victory over rival Jorge Masidal in a grudge match at UFC 272. The former interim UFC welterweight champion has already fought for the undisputed title twice against Kamaru Usman.
Now that Leon Edwards has captured and defended the welterweight championship, Covington is determined to fight ‘Rocky’ next. During a preview of Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman in a recent interview, Covington stated:
“You know, I don’t really have a prediction. I just want to see a good fight. You know, I hope that [Edwards and Usman] fight with the heart Because now they have to come see dad next. They have to come see the man. The man who drew all the ratings from him. Everyone was talking to me this weekend. They weren’t talking about them. Nobody cares about them. They don’t have charisma. Those guys, they don’t do anything.”
Check out the interview below: