Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards
How could I not include this fight? Leon Edwards shocks the world and becomes the new UFC Welterweight champion with a shocking come-from-behind fifth-round head kick knockout heard worldwide! This fight will go down in history as one of the greatest comebacks of all time and one of the greatest knockouts in UFC history. The fight started with an initial shock where Edwards won round one and became the first to takedown Usman, dominating him there. At the end of that round, you just had that feeling that something might be brewing at the MGM Grand, but Usman silenced that with a dominant next three rounds and looked like he was on his way to another successful title defense, but we all know how that ended. For the first four minutes of round five, Usman kept his pace going and seemed confident he would keep his belt, as the announcers were declaring that Edwards was resigning to a decision loss, but Jon Anik delivered an instantly classic line “that is not the cloth from which he is cut” as Edwards landed the kick that shocked the world and dethroned the pound-for-pound king.
Leon Edwards shocked the world last night Bang , Headshot & Dead#UFC278
— TWSN (@TWSN___) August 21, 2022
Paulo Costa vs. Luke Rockhold
While this may not have been the technically most excellent fight of all time, I’m sure we can all say the fans were thoroughly entertained. We saw an onslaught of strikes thrown from each man, and it seemed like even though the altitude in Utah affected both fighters, Costa was in better shape and was quicker to the punch all night. This led to Luke Rockhold being covered in blood, and we had a gross yet hilarious moment to end the fight where Rockhold rubbed all the blood pouring from his nose onto Costa’s face while he was in Costa’s guard. While Costa was rewarded with a Unanimous decision win at the end of the fight, Rockhold had the last word as he called it quits after a successful professional MMA career.
Aoriqileng vs. Jay Perrin
In what may have been the best back and forth action of any fighters on the card, an early prelim bout between Bantamweights Aoriqileng and Jay Perrin shined as one of the brightest. Aoriqileng looked sharp early, landing powerful strikes that hurt Perrin. For the most part, he avoided being taken down, got his back off the fence, and continued to land the bigger shots of the fight, allowing him to win the first two rounds. The third round was a different story, Perrin came out of the break looking fresher, and Aoriqileng looked content to play the defensive game. It almost backfired on him as, at the end of the fight, Perrin was able to land a flurry of punches that almost finished the fight. Unfortunately, it was too little too late for Perrin as Aoriqileng edged out a 29-28 unanimous decision victory and picked up his second win in a row.