Orlando, FL – Kamaru Usman used an overwhelming grappling style to earn a unanimous decision victory over Leon Edwards on Saturday, with the official scores coming in at 29-28, 30-27, 29-28.
UFC on Fox 17 took place December 19, 2015 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fl. Kamaru Usman vs Leon Edwards was contested on the preliminary portion of the event.
Landing a single-leg early into the first, Usman was looking to put opponent Leon Edwards on his back early. Despite these efforts, Edwards did a good job at circling away from the cage and defending the takedown. Edwards landed a nice high kick with some followup combinations afterwards, but exposed himself to a takedown counter. Usman, stuck in the full guard of Edwards, was unable to land any offense in this position, and instead had to fight off a rather serious triangle attempt from the bottom. With twenty seconds remaining, Usman managed to escape the sub attempt, and both men returned to their feet as the round came to a close.
Edwards ate a left hand as the secound round began, allowing Usman to go for an easy takedown against the cage. Pushing off his opponent, Edwards managed to get back to his feet, stuck in a clinch with Usman against the cage. Much of the second frame was a stalemate, with both men fighting for position in the clinch and Edwards landing an accidental knee strike to the groin. Kamaru Usman landed one more takedown with the final seconds counting down, but had nothing to show for his efforts.
‘Rocky’ Edwards tried to open up his hands at the beginning of the third, but was stifled by the takedowns of Usman and instead had to focus on defensive grappling. Although he was able to get back to his feet on a few occasions, the endurance of Edwards by the third round had become diminished entirely. Utilizing his smothering gameplan, Usman did all he could to take away from his opponent’s offense and ended the fight throwing strong knees to the thigh of Edwards.
Taking the decision, Kamaru Usman moves up to 7-1 and 2-0 in the UFC. Leon Edwards is now 10-3.
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Edwards setting up the triangle!!
— UFC (@ufc) December 19, 2015