UFC 278 LIVE: Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards Stream and Latest Updates

“If they think I’m slipping, it’s going to be a bad night for them,” Usman says before confronting Edwards

Leon Edwards has a chance to become the second British champion in UFC history tonight when he challenges Kamaru Usman for welterweight gold in Salt Lake City.

Seven years ago, Usman eliminated Edwards as part of a 19-fight win streak for the Nigerian, considered by many to be the UFC’s pound-for-pound king. Edwards hasn’t lost since, however, winning nine straight fights and waiting patiently for his first title fight. The Jamaican-born Briton will look to avenge his loss to Usman and leave Utah as champion tonight, with the welterweight title fight at the top of what should be a fun card.

In the co-main event, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold returns to the Octagon after a three-year absence. The American, who has suffered three KO defeats in his last four bouts, takes on former title challenger Paulo Costa – who poses a significant KO threat himself. Ahead of this fight, former featherweight champion Jose Aldo is chasing another shot at the bantamweight belt. The Brazilian icon takes on Merab Dvalishvili in what could be an intriguing contest at 135lbs. Follow round-by-round live updates and results from UFC 278 below:

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Rockhold vs Costa – Round 2

Good straight left for Rockhold from the southpaw, over the top of a Costa leg kick. And another! Both shots hit the Brazilian.

Now Rockhold gets a double leg takedown! But Costa counters well, standing and taking his opponent’s back. They break up and Rockhold looks so exhausted.

Costa marks him with a hard left hook. Now a kick in the former champion’s body. Rock hold with a spining back kick to the body, now a 360 roundhouse kick! IMPRESSIVE! Strange decisions for a tired fighter, but exciting.

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Rockhold vs Costa – Round 1

Costa is on mount but lies pretty flat and fires body shots.

Rockhold would do well to escape and stand! Just over a minute left in the round.

Rockhold is now flicking out some signature kicks! Several hard kicks to the body! There’s also a spinning back in there.

However, Rockhold’s nose is bloody. Costa wrestles the American against the fence.

Rockhold attempts a trip. He fails but lands another hard body kick after the middleweights move into space.

An overhand right lands for Rockhold. The round ends and Rockhold looks very tired.

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Rockhold vs Costa – Round 1

Rockhold with a good straight right over a kick from Costa.

Rockhold kicks deep and again. He then fires for a takedown, but appears to be clipped with a hook in the process…

Costa clinch with big punches! Rockhold seems a bit hurt…

Now Costa fires for a takedown as Rockhold circles along the fence and the Brazilian gets it! Who saw this coming?

Rockhold is the superior grappler so let’s see what happens here. Costa puts a strain on the 37-year-old in lateral control. Now he’s into mount. Rockhold attempts a guillotine choke to counter, but Costa escapes.

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Is there any way this one doesn’t end in a knockout? Let’s find out… Let’s go!

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Costa, meanwhile, was undefeated going into his title fight against Israel Adesanya in 2020.

The Brazilian lost via TKO to Adesanya and has lost his only other fight since – last year he was beaten on points by Marvin Vettori.

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Rockhold’s last fight was actually at light heavyweight where he was brutally knocked out by Jan Blachowicz. In fact, the American has lost three of his last four competitions by knockout – all bad finishes.

His last middleweight fight was in 2018.

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Next up is a big middleweight fight. Former champion Luke Rockhold returns to the Octagon after a three-year absence, taking on former title challenger Paulo Costa.

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A strange fight. Dvalishvili kept a great pace and worked very hard, but he mostly struggled and was 0/15 on takedowns.

Regardless of winning by points… Let’s just say, indy sport has long advocated scoring takedown defense. It should be viewed more positively.

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Defeated Merab Dvalishvili. Jose Aldo by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).

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Aldo vs Dvalishvili – Round 3

Aldo parries another one-legged takedown attempt but is pinned to the fence. Merab tries to drag Aldo to the canvas, but Aldo fights back against him three times.

Merab lands a series of knees on Aldo’s leg.

We go to the judges’ scorecards.

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