UFC 278 results highlights: Leon Edwards stuns Kamaru Usman with last-minute knockout to claim world title

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Leon Edwards just shocked the world. The “Rocky” story of Edwards came to life with a come-from-behind, head-kick knockout late in Round 5 of the main event of UFC 278 on Saturday night.

After becoming the first person to score a takedown on the nearly perfect champion in Round 1, Edwards struggled in the following rounds to build any kind of momentum. Usman took over the fight with his superior wrestling and slung heavy boxing combinations and seemed on his way to yet another title defense as he neared Anderson Silva’s record for most all time. 

Usman’s pace slowed in Round 5, but it was likely leading towards a unanimous decision win for the champ as Edwards seemed defeated in his corner as his team begged him to come to life in the final round.

Suddenly, Edwards flicked out a right jab and fired up a left head kick that knocked Usman out cold at 4:04 of Round 5.

“Pound-for-pound. Headshot. Dead,” Edwards told UFC commentator Joe Rogan during his post-fight interview. “I said all week I felt like this is my moment. Everything that happened in the past. The last two years, the pandemic. There is no ring rust. I told you, now look at me now.”

Edwards improved to 20-3 (1 NC) with the win over Usman. His undefeated streak improved to 11. Usman saw his 19-fight winning streak snapped in the blink of an eye and suffered his first loss in nine years.

It was the fourth latest finish in a championship fight — just seconds short of Usman’s own finish of Colby Covington in 2019.

CBS Sports was with you the entire way on Saturday bringing you all the results and highlights from the UFC 278 below. 

UFC 278 card and results

  • Leon Edwards (c) def. Kamaru Usman via fifth-round knockout (head kick)
  • Paulo Costa def. Luke Rockhold via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Merab Dvalishvili def. Jose Aldo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Lucie Pudilova def. Wu Yanan via second-round TKO (elbows)
  • Tyson Pedro def. Harry Hunsucker via first-round TKO (punches)
  • Marcin Tybura def. Alexander Romanov via majority decision (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)
  • Jared Gordon def. Leonardo Santos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Sean Woodson vs. Luis Saldana ruled a split draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
  • Ange Loosa def. A.J. Fletcher via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Amir Albazi def. Francisco Figueiredo via first-round submission (rear-naked choke)
  • Aori Qileng def. Jay Perrin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Victor Altamirano def. Daniel Da Silva via first-round TKO (punches)

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