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Leon Edwards’ last-minute Hail Mary head kick knockout win over Kamaru Usman will go down as among the finest knockouts of the yr (HIGHLIGHTS). UFC 278’s predominant occasion appeared like a executed deal, however Edwards pulled the set off on the good time to upset the dominant champion and undo all of his earlier good work.
The win doesn’t come with no smidge of controversy, nonetheless. Although Usman himself didn’t complain in defeat, UFC analyst Chael Sonnen has argued that Edwards cheated within the earlier parts of the combat. Particularly, Edwards did lose place for grabbing the fence at one level, and there was a short break within the motion as a consequence of an eye fixed poke (which doesn’t look nice for Edwards given his historical past with Belal Muhammad).
So, whereas there could also be some reality in Sonnen’s declare, UFC President Dana White doesn’t imagine that’s a good summation of what occurred. As a substitute, he offers full credit score to that magic left kick for getting the job executed.
“He turned champion with a head kick,” White stated (through MMA Junkie). “He didn’t win by grabbing the fence. I imply, he acquired completely dominated in that entire combat aside from that couple of minutes within the first spherical. He acquired completely dominated, and , that’s fully unfair of Chael Sonnen to say that. That child sucked it up, dug down deep and landed actually the proper head kick with like a minute left within the combat. So I might say that that’s foolish, ridiculous and completely unfair to say about Leon.”
As well as, it’s price mentioning that each fighters have been enjoying a bit soiled. Usman was grabbing gloves and the cage himself, and its controversial that he was given an unearned relaxation after a declared low blow appeared to land extra in direction of the mid-section. In wrestling-heavy, grinding matches like their 24-minute title combat, a little bit of rule fudging is hardly unusual, notably since penalties in MMA are sometimes few and much between.
Everybody besides the UFC is holding reveals in Hawaii. If solely BJ Penn’s governor bid had turned out in a different way!
Good on Marvin Vettori and his crew for embracing the meme.
Andre Muniz makes a daring callout. I’d wish to see the jiu-jitsu ace get his step up in competitors!
I don’t know that measurement or power have ever been a limiting issue for Alexander Hernandez, however will probably be attention-grabbing to see how he performs at 145 lbs.
— Nolan King (@mma_kings) August 31, 2022
This can be a Fedor vs. Kevin Randleman second (besides I don’t know the ultimate final result).
There was an odd damage final week on Contender Sequence, right here’s the breakdown:
Talking of Contenders Sequence, has anybody made financial institution but fading Gianni the Greek?
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Yup, this match up went about in addition to anticipated.
Mota timed his strike completely to let his opponent stroll into this hook.
A pair of sunshine kicks answered by a way more actual menace.
Detroit hustles tougher.
Midnight Music: Soul, 1971
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