Kamaru Usman promises to bounce back after his loss.
Usman (20-2 MMA, 15-1 UFC) lost his welterweight championship to Leon Edwards with less than a minute left in the fifth round of their rematch at UFC 278.
All three judges saw Usman winning the bout by a wide margin (39-37). Edwards (20-3 MMA, 12-2 UFC) though, seemed to come out of nowhere and land the knockout blow that sent Usman down for the count.
The former champion was taken to the hospital as a precaution after the knockout and did not participate in a post-fight interview with UFC announcer Joe Rogan inside the octagon.
After the fight, Usman took to social media to share a brief statement.
“Champs f*ck up sometimes… but we bounce back and come with vengeance!!” Usman wrote on twitter.
Usman followed up with,
“Damn I love this sport!!! Things happen but… Alhamdulillah we move!! Congratulations @Leon_edwardsmma,”
Usman's first defeat since his second professional bout in 2013 came with this result. Usman defeated his next 19 foes with ease, in route to a five-defend UFC welterweight title reign.
UFC president Dana White said after the fight that he expects Usman and Edwards to fight a third time. The first match, which took place in 2015, was a unanimous decision for Usman. To win the championship, Edwards scored a knockout victory in a rematch that had been in the works for 80 months.