After defeating Nigerian Kamaru Usman in the UFC 278 main event at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, USA, on Sunday morning, Leon Edwards became the second-ever UFC champion from the United Kingdom.
And hours into the fight, Kamaru went in his Instagram page to share some photos with the caption ‘I go soon beat person pikin again’.
The “Nigerian Nightmare” defeated Edwards seven years ago, beginning a 19-fight winning streak that made him the UFC’s pound-for-pound champion.
As he eagerly awaited his first title shot, Edwards also entered this event undefeated, having won nine consecutive fights.
However, the British fighter from Jamaica avenged his defeat to Usman in 2015 by defeating Usman in the last seconds of their five-bout fight and emerging from Utah as the welterweight champion.
Both boxers threw caution to the wind at the beginning of the bout, as Usman confidently connected with powerful blows to the face and sides of Edwards. The British opponent retaliated and pinned Usman while landing his own solid blows.
Usman was unable to move freely in the following rounds due to an ankle injury, but he was still able to deliver some powerful blows on Edwards.
The fight was not close; Usman won the fourth round, 3-1, and only needed to escape being knocked out to keep his championship and tie Anderson Silva for most successful title defenses in MMA history with six.
The ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ was forced to take an early break after the Brit feinted and fooled Usman in round five, utilizing the opportunity to land a powerful left kick on his head.
Upon winning the UFC welterweight title, Edwards stated: “I feel great. They all said I couldn’t do it, they all said I couldn’t do it. Look at me now.
“It doesn’t matter. From the trenches. I’m built like this. I go until the final bell. Pound-for-pound, head shot, dead.
“I told you we could win a belt from the UK, now look at me. There is no pound-for-pound, the belt belongs to nobody.
“I told you, mum, I’d change our lives. World champion, world champion, look at me now. I was born in Jamaica with nothing. I lived in a wood shack with a zinc roof.”