The Welterweight championship of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was held earlier today, August 21, 2022, at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, USA. The event featured a match between Nigerian-American UFC champion Kamaru Usman and Jamaica-born Briton Leon Edwards.
Kamaru is also known as “The Nigerian nightmare.” He went into the fight confident to retain his title. Kamaru had won a match against Edward seven years ago as part of his 19-fight win streak. Fans also shared the same confidence, and American rapper Drake bet $430,000, an equivalent of 120 million Naira on Kamaru winning the game.
The match started with Usman throwing blows to Edwards’s face and sides. In the fourth round, Kamaru had a 3-1 lead. An ankle injury restricted Kamaru from making moves but still landed kicks on Edwards. Edwards shocked the fans in the fifth round, he landed a solid kick on the Nigerian’s head. The kick knocked out Kamaru and secured a win for Edwards. Edwards is now the new UFC welterweight champion. He is also Britain’s second-ever UFC champion.