Looking for a place to watch UFC Welterweight Champion Leon Edwards defend his title against the man he won it against, Kamaru Usman? Grab a front row seat at a We Love Sport pub or bar!
18 March 2023 | 6:00pm
The O2 plays host on the 18th of March as the two men meet for the third time. As it stands, both men have one win each. The last fight came back in August as Edwards defeated Usman by knockout in the final round in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The O2 sold out within minutes, but never fear, we have you covered. UFC PPV's normally see us up until 6am, but not this time. With that, we're leaving no stone unturned. We Love Sport sports bars and pubs will be showing the colossal fight and there's no better place! So, book your table and spend your Saturday night in the pub watching two of the world's most dangerous men go at it again!
Tale of the Tape
The Welterweight Champion, Leon Edwards (20-3), is born in Jamaica but is fighting out of Birmingham, England. He has had a long journey to this position and has defeated the likes of Donald Cerrone, Rafael dos Anjos and Nate Diaz. The fighter has had a hard rap of it though and not always gotten the respect he deserves. He's often been called boring and has only finished 50% of his fights. However, winners win and that's why he has the gold.
Kamaru Usman (20-2) is one of the greatest fighters in the world. He defeated Tyron Woodley in dominant fashion to claim the gold and he's knocked out Gilbert Burns. He's also defeated Jorge Masivdal, twice. One of those fights was a brutal KO. Usman beat arch rival Colby Covington twice too, one also by knockout. The former champion lost his second ever fight, then went on a 19 fight win streak. Then, the fateful night in Utah came, as he lost in the fifth round to Edwards.
How's it going to go down?
Objectively, Leon Edwards knocked out Kamaru Usman in the fifth round to win the title. Subjectively, Kamaru Usman dominated Leon Edwards and was minutes away from yet another convincing title defence.
Usman has been tried and tested against the world's best and has handled it well. For Edwards, his toughest test was Usman. Yes, he won. But even his coaches told him he needs to get the knockout or he's lost. Fair play, he did get the knockout against a man who's never been knocked out before. Lightening doesn't often strike twice though.
We Love Sport prediction
Edwards has home advantage and the recent momentum, but he was losing the last fight quite comfortably until that head kick. No disrespect to Edwards, but it's hard to see Usman not dominating the fight again. He is one of the best to do it, he will just be hoping he doesn't lose concentration in the final round.
Prediction: Kamaru Usman by unanimous decision.
We Love Sport x UFC
As mentioned, we're never usually blessed with the UFC being on at a good time for us, but here we are. It's an opportunity to grab your mates and get down to watch some of the best in the world go at it! We Love Sport bars and pubs are the best places to watch sport, so book your table for the fight now!