The #1 fighter in the UFC has his next opponent.
The promotion announced on Saturday, that UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman will defend his title against Leon Edwards at UFC 278 on August 20. The event will take place at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The fight is a rematch, defeating Usman Edwards by unanimous decision in 2015. Neither fighter has lost since.
Since winning the belt against Tyrone Woodley in March 2019, Usman has defeated Colby Covington twice, Jorge Masvidal twice and Gilbert Burns. He remains undefeated in the UFC and holds a 20-1 career record.
Edwards has been on a winning streak eight times since losing to Usman, but he went nearly two years without a fight between July 2019 and March 2021. The UFC went so far as to remove Edwards from its ratings after failing to figure out his next fight, with his layoff eventually ending against Bilal. Muhammed after the Battle of Khamze Shemayev fell due to COVID-19.
Edwards Muhammad ended up having no competition due to an eye poke by Edwards. Welterweight went on to defeat Nate Diaz in his last fights, and put a shot at the title.
Edwards is the latest member of one of the UFC’s most in-depth divisions to claim a title shot. Should he lose, Chimaev’s title potential looms after the rising star’s victory over Burns at UFC 273. Edwards is officially ranked the No. 2 contender in the UFC, while Chimaev is ranked third (Covington is still No. 1).
Other reported fights in UFC 278’s work include Luke Rockhold vs. Paulo Costa and Victor Altamirano vs. Jake Hadley.