Leon Edwards punches Kamaru Usman in their lightweight title bout during UFC 286 at The O2 Arena on March 18, 2023 in London. (Photo by Jeff Bottari via Getty Images)
Jamaica-born UFC fighter, Leon Edwards, has successfully defended his world welterweight title against former champion Kamaru Usman.
Edwards won the third bout in the trilogy by majority decision in London, England on Saturday.
The UFC 286 main event was scored 48-46, 48-46, 47-47 in favour of Edwards.
Edwards shocked Usman last summer to win the welterweight title.
When Edwards, who hails from Kingston, knocked out Usman, the long-time champion, in their second fight last summer, it shot the Britain-based fighter to stardom.
Edwards left Jamaica as a nine-year-old to live in the Aston section of Birmingham in England.
Speaking after last year’s win, Edwards said the victory gave him a chance to take his mother out of poverty. He’s since helped his mother to open a Jamaican restaurant in England.
The first fight between Usman was almost seven years ago.
Edwards’ latest win was in front of a packed O2 Arena with organisers saying the event sold out in minutes.
The win also extends Edwards’ streak to 12 and crowns him the undisputed king of the welterweight division.