Anderson Silva became a mixed martial arts legend by racking up 16 consecutive wins to start his UFC career, establishing a brand that seemed to last. But UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has a chance to match Silva’s vaunted point for the promotion’s longest winning streak when he defends his title against top challenger Leon Edwards in the main event of UFC 278 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. .
Silva’s winning streak and middleweight dominance led many to call him the greatest mixed martial artist of all time. Usman is now considered the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world and many believe he is competing for the mythical greatest name of all time.
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The main event is a rematch of a fight on December 19, 2015, when Usman, one fight after winning the welterweight crown on “The Ultimate Fighter”, took a unanimous decision win over Edwards.
Usman has won 13 in a row since that fight and has an overall 19-fight winning streak with 15 of those wins in the UFC.
Edwards, who is looking to complete a rags-to-riches story on Saturday by winning the title after growing up amid crime and poverty in Jamaica and England, has won nine in a row in a no-contest since losing to Usman in 2015. .
In the co-main event, it will be a battle between middleweights who are at each other’s throats all week. Former champion Luke Rockhold, who caused a stir by criticizing the UFC with fighter pay and ripping off a reporter for the way the reporter treated his teammate, will meet Paulo Costa.
Rockhold hasn’t fought in over three years since he suffered a broken nose and jaw in a 2019 loss to Jan Blachowicz. Costa has lost his last two fights.
One fight on the card, a flyweight bout between Miranda Maverick and Shanna Young, was canceled Friday when Young developed a medical condition while losing weight.
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UFC 278 Fight Map, Odds (Now Live on ESPN+ PPV)
All odds through BetMGM.
Welterweight: Kamaru Usman (c) -350 vs. Leon Edwards +275
Middleweight: Paulo Costa -350 vs. Luke Rockhold +260
Bantamweight: Merab defeats Dvalishvili. José Aldo by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Bantamweight: Lucie Pudilová defeats. Wu Yanan by TKO at 4:04 R2
Light Heavyweight: Tyson defeats Pedro. Harry Hunsucker by TKO at 1:05 of R1
UFC 278 Preliminary Map Full Results
Heavyweight: Marcin defeats Tybura. Alexander Romanov by majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
Lightweight: Jared Gordon defeats. Leonardo Santos by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Featherweight: Sean Woodson vs. Luis Saldaña ends in split draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
Welterweight: Ange Loosa defeats. AJ Fletcher by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-82)
UFC 278 Early Preliminary Map Full Results, Highlights
Flyweight: Amir defeats Albazi. Francisco Figueiredo via submission (naked choke behind) at 4:34 from R1:
Bantamweight: Aori defeats Qileng. Jay Perrin by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Flyweight: Victor Altamirano defeats. Daniel Lacerda by TKO at 3:39 of R1: