UFC 278 finally has a headline fight booked with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman looking to make the latest defense of his title against Leon Edwards on August 20th in Salt Lake City, Utah.
These two have fought once before, with Usman beaten Edwards by unanimous decision back in December of 2015 at a time when he was only undertaking his second UFC fight.
Of course since then Usman has continued to maintain his impressive form all the way to winning the title in 2019 and beyond, with five successful defences of the belt so far, extending his career record to 20-1 along the way.
Meanwhile, since his loss to Usman, Edwards has also gone on a long unbeaten stretch, having now gone 10 fights in a row without tasting defeat, beating the likes of Nate Diaz, Rafael dos Anjos, Donald Cerrone and Gunnar Nelson along the way.
The Brit has long called for a title shot, but it’s only recently that Dana White finally began to warm up to the idea, even stating at the start of the year that it was one of the big fights that he most wanted to put on in 2022.
Usman vs. Edwards fronts a UFC 278 card that still has very few fights booked for it, though a middleweight clash between Luke Rockhold and Paulo Costa is currently earmarked for that date.