October 7, 2022

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards have each hit the 170lb welterweight restrict forward of their eagerly anticipated title combat.

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ will look to defend his belt for the sixth time when he takes on Edwards within the UFC 278 primary occasion on the Vivint Area in Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah, on Saturday night time.


The UFC 278 primary occasion is a rematch seven years within the making

After each fighters efficiently made weight all that was left to do was sq. them off one final time earlier than they trades blows contained in the Octagon tomorrow night time.

On the ceremonial weigh-ins, Usman and Edwards shared a protracted and intense face-off. No phrases have been trade however each of their jaws twitched with anticipation forward of their second assembly.

“It’s been a very long time coming and at last our paths cross. Tomorrow night time I put that pound-for-pound factor to the take a look at and let’s see,” Edwards mentioned to Joe Rogan after his closing staredown with Usman.

Usman replied: “A lot has been mentioned. Leon’s mentioned loads and he actually believes that however one factor I’ve to say is… Taking what from who?”

A confident Edwards promised to test Usman’s pound-for-pound credentials tomorrow night


A assured Edwards promised to check Usman’s pound-for-pound credentials tomorrow night time

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has no doubt he’ll still be champ come Sunday morning


‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has little doubt he’ll nonetheless be champ come Sunday morning

The UFC 278 primary occasion is a rematch seven years within the making after Usman and Edwards beforehand clashed again in 2015 after they have been each comparatively unknown fighters.

‘Rocky’ began properly within the combat however finally succumbed to the relentless wrestling assaults of his opponent, who has since strung collectively 13 successive wins to cement himself as among the finest fighters of all time.

The 35-year-old champion holds wins over the likes of Colby Covington (x2), Jorge Masvidal (x2), Gilbert Burns, Tyron Woodley, and Sean Strickland, to call only a few.

Edwards has gained 9 straight fights since dropping to his UFC 278 opponent, beating the likes of Nate Diaz, Rafael dos Anjos, Gunnar Nelson, and Donald Cerrone throughout his lengthy street to a shot at glory.

Costa and Rockhold have been bickering throughout UFC 278 fight week


Costa and Rockhold have been bickering all through UFC 278 combat week

Aldo his kept things much more respectful with his UFC 278 opponent


Aldo his stored issues way more respectful along with his UFC 278 opponent

Elsewhere on the cardboard, we now have two clashes between rising contenders and former champions that promise to ship.

Within the co-main occasion, Paulo Costa takes on Luke Rockhold in a combat that has had essentially the most bitter build-up forward of UFC 278.

After ‘Borrachinha’ was accomplished shaking the ring woman’s palms, he hit the scales and tried to sq. off along with his opponent earlier than it was rapidly damaged up as tempers threatened to flare over.

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Previous to that combat, Merab Dvalishvili appears to choose up his career-best win towards Jose Aldo in an thrilling match-up between two fighters who clearly respect one another.

Both men made the 170lb welterweight limit on Friday morning


Each males made the 170lb welterweight restrict on Friday morning


Kamaru Usman (170) vs. Leon Edwards (170)

Paulo Costa (185.5) vs. Luke Rockhold (185.5)

Jose Aldo (136) vs. Merab Dvalishvili (136)

Lucie Pudilova (135.5) vs. Wu Yanan (136)

Harry Hunsucker (204.5) vs. Tyson Pedro (205.5)

Alexandr Romanov (239.5) vs. Marcin Tybura (252.5)

Jared Gordon (155.5) vs. Leonardo Santos (156)

Luis Saldana (145.5) vs. Sean Woodson (146)

A.J. Fletcher (170.5) vs. Ange Loosa (170.5)

Amir Albazi (126) vs. Francisco Figueiredo (125.5)

Aori Qileng (136) vs. Jay Perrin (136)

Victor Altamirano (125) vs. Daniel Da Silva (126)