Leon Edwards did it again. The welterweight champion defeated Kamaru Usman by majority decision in the main event of UFC 286 in London on Saturday to complete a trilogy and earn bragging rights over the former pound-for-pound king.
Edwards (21-3 1 NC) edged Usman (20-3) with scorecards of 48-46, 48-46 and 47-47. The victory puts their rivalry 2-1 in favor of Edwards.
In the co-main event, lightweight contender Justin Gaethje defeated Rafael Fiziev by majority decision. It was an action-packed fight that ended with scorecards of 29-28, 29-28, 28-28.
Gaethje (24-4), a former interim lightweight champion, has won six of his past eight fights, with the two losses coming in bouts for the UFC lightweight belt. Fiziev (12-2) was riding a six-fight winning streak before Saturday's loss.
Fellow fighters took to social media to express their admiration for the great matchups and both winners:
I want Leon next, October in Abu Dhabi 👊🏼— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) March 19, 2023
See you in July @Leon_edwardsmma— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) March 19, 2023
Great fight by both guys.— Sodiq Yusuff (@Super_Sodiq) March 19, 2023
This is everything we've expected from this fight! 👊🏻 @ufc286 what banger !— Volkan Oezdemir (@volkan_oezdemir) March 18, 2023
LEON ROCKY EDWARDS!!!!!— Megan Anderson (@MeganAnderson) March 19, 2023
He put on a hell of a performance and to do it in front of a home crowd as well!! #UFC286
great fight from both he really is Rocky🔥🔥🔥🔥 #ufc286— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) March 19, 2023
Gaethje vs. Fiziev was a better fight, and it was close until the end, leaving fellow competitors asking for a rematch.
Man give me Justin and Dustin again— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 18, 2023
Gotta love @Justin_Gaethje !!! What a great fight by both guys but I got justin winning that. #UFC286— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) March 18, 2023
He is the most entertaining fighter in the world— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 18, 2023
What a War!!— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) March 18, 2023
Congrats to both fighters but Geathje is a beast!
@Justin_Gaethje living legend— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) March 18, 2023
Justin is a Dog!!!!!— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) March 18, 2023
Fight of the night these savages need double bonuses for that— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) March 18, 2023
What a fight! Justin took that! Dude doesn't slow down!— Paul Felder (@felderpaul) March 18, 2023