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Edwards stops Usman in UFC welterweight

Leon Edwards has dropped Kamaru Usman with a kick to the head and neck in the final minute of the fifth round to win the welterweight championship at UFC 278.

Usman appeared to be seconds away from a 16th consecutive victory, which would have tied an all-time UFC record, before Edwards came up with the stunning finish just in time.

Edwards (20-3) is undefeated dating back to his previous bout with Usman in 2015.

The British fighter rose to No. 2 in the welterweight division while accumulating nine wins in that stretch ahead of the title bout.

Usman (20-2) lived up to his reputation as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world for much of the bout.

The Nigerian weathered a late first-round takedown and turned the tables with a late second-round takedown.

Usman controlled position throughout the third round, earning two more takedowns.

Usman appeared on his way to a win by unanimous decision before Edwards rallied in the final round.

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