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Leon Edwards claims last-minute UFC welterweight title against Kamaru Usman; becomes the second Briton to do so | MMA News

Leon Edwards captured the UFC welterweight title with a stunning victory over Kamaru Usman in Salt Lake City sealed by a last-minute header.

The 30-year-old British challenger was on course for defeat at Vivint Arena before unleashing a high left kick in the final round that sent Usman crashing to the canvas.

Edwards, who lost to Usman in 2015, is just the second Briton to become a UFC champion, following Michael Bisping in 2016.

He said in his post-fight Octagon interview: “I can’t put it into words. It’s been four long years. They all doubted me, they all said I couldn’t do it. Look- me now!

Edwards had looked set for defeat until the fight’s dramatic climax

“I come from the trenches, I’m built like that. I go there until the battle is over.

“I do it for everyone who comes behind me. I told you it was possible. We can win a belt, from the UK. Look at me now. I told you I could do it.

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Dana White said Edwards’ victory over Usman was “one of the most shocking title fight results in UFC history” and is eyeing Wembley for the rematch.

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Edwards gives his reaction after beating Usman to become the second Briton to hold a UFC title

“God is on my side. I said it all week, I felt like this was my moment. Everything that happened in the past – two years, the pandemic, all that. They all said I couldn’t come back and do this.

“There is no ring rust. Now look at me, the world champion. I was born in Jamaica with nothing, look at me now.”

Former Irish UFC champion Conor McGregor wrote on Twitter: “Amazing scene to see! Congratulations Leon! A truly good, strong and dedicated Mixed Martial Artist!

“The UK’s second only UFC champion! Unbelievable! Congratulations mate!”