Leon Edwards defeated Kamaru Usman by majority decision in the main event of UFC 286 on March 18, 2023 at the O2 Arena in London.
Edwards retained his welterweight title, which Usman held for more than three years. This was the third time that Edwards and Usman had fought each other, with Edwards winning two out of three fights.
The fight was a closely contested one, with both fighters having their moments. However, Edwards outstruck Usman in the championship rounds to notch a majority decision win.Edwards’ victory was a stunning comeback as he was less than 60 seconds away from defeat before he knocked out Usman with a left kick in their previous clash.
Usman had already beaten Edwards once seven years earlier.
Despite this, Edwards evened the score with Usman when it mattered most and won the UFC welterweight title.
The UFC 286 main card was available via pay-per-view on ESPN+ in the US and began at 5 p.m. ET on March 18, 2023. The fight between Edwards and Usman took place around 8 p.m. ET depending on how long the undercard fights lasted
What was the final scorecard of the fight?
The final scorecard of the fight was 48-46 in favor of Leon Edwards according to judges Ben Cartlidge and Chris Lee, while David Lethaby scored the contest a draw.
What were the punching stats for both fighters?
According to UFC stats, Leon Edwards landed 120 significant strikes and 123 strikes in total, while Kamaru Usman landed a total of 113 strikes