“Pound-for-pound. Headshot. Dead, “During his post-fight interview, Edwards told UFC analyst Joe Rogan. “I have said all week that I believe this is my chance. The past events in their entirety. The pandemic of the previous two years. No ring rust exists. I warned you; look at me right now.”
Edwards defeated Usman, improving his record to 20-3 (1 NC). His winning streak now stands at 11. Usman lost for the first time in nine years, having just broken his 19-fight winning run.
Just a few seconds later than Usman’s finish of Colby Covington in 2019 was the fourth fastest finish in a championship bout.
This page contains all the results and highlights from the UFC 278 that CBS Sports brought you on Saturday.
UFC 278 results and card
Kamaru Usman loses against Leon Edwards (c) by knockout in the fifth round (head kick)
Paulo Costa defeats Luke Rockhold in a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Merab Dvalishvili defeats Jose Aldo in a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Lucie Pudilova dominated Wu Yanan through second-round TKO (elbows)
Tyson Pedro defeats Harry Hunsucker through first-round TKO (punches)
Marcin Tybura defeats Alexander Romanov in a unanimous decision (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)
Jared Gordon defeats Leonardo Santos in a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Luis Saldana vs. Sean Woodson was adjudged a split draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
A.J. Ange Loosa defeats Fletcher in a unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Amir Albazi dominates Francisco Figueiredo in first-round submission (rear-naked choke)
Aori Qileng defeated Jay Perrin by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), and Victor Altamirano defeated Daniel Da Silva via first-round TKO (punches)