Leon Edwards claimed the UFC welterweight title with a shocking victory over Kamaru Usman in Salt Lake Metropolis sealed by a last-minute head kick.
The 30-year-old British challenger had been on the right track for defeat at Vivint Area earlier than unleashing a left-high kick within the last spherical that despatched Usman crashing to the canvas.
Edwards, who misplaced to Usman in 2015, is simply the second Briton to grow to be a UFC champion, following Michael Bisping in 2016.
He mentioned in his post-fight octagon interview: “I can not put it into phrases. It has been a protracted 4 years. All of them doubted me, all of them mentioned I could not do it. Have a look at me now!
“I am from the trenches, I am constructed like this. I’m going till the battle is finished.
“I do it for everybody coming behind me. I advised you it was attainable. We are able to win a belt, from the UK. Have a look at me now. I advised you I may do it.
“God is on my facet. I mentioned all of it week, I felt like that is my second. All the things that occurred previously – two years out, the pandemic, all of it. All of them mentioned I could not come again and do it.
“There is no such thing as a ring rust. Now take a look at me, the champion of the world. I used to be born in Jamaica with nothing, take a look at me now.”
Eire’s former UFC champion Conor McGregor wrote on Twitter: “An incredible scene to witness! Large congrats Leon! An actual good, strong and devoted blended martial artist!
“The UK’s second solely UFC champion! Unimaginable! Congrats mate!”