WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT BETWEEN
(C) KAMARU USMAN AND (#2) LEON EDWARDS
HEADLINES UFC® RETURN TO SALT LAKE CITY
UFC® 278: USMAN vs. EDWARDS 2
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JUNE 24
Las Vegas – UFC® makes its highly anticipated return to Salt Lake City, Utah with a blockbuster welterweight championship bout that will see Kamaru Usman run it back with No. 2 ranked contender Leon Edwards.
UFC® 278: USMAN vs. EDWARDS 2 will take place Sat., August 20 at Vivint Arena and will be available live on ESPN+ PPV. Tickets are set to go on sale to the public on Friday, June 24 and will be available through ticketmaster.com.
No. 1 men’s pound-for-pound fighter Usman (20-1, fighting out of Dallas, Texas by way of Auchi, Nigeria) looks to continue his dominant run atop the welterweight division by netting his 20th consecutive win. The winner of The Ultimate Fighter season 21, he holds spectacular victories over Colby Covington (twice), Jorge Masvidal (twice) and Gilbert Burns. Usman now aims to secure his sixth straight title defense by stopping Edwards in emphatic fashion.
Edwards (19-3 1NC, fighting out of Birmingham, England) has amassed an impressive 10-fight unbeaten streak since his first encounter with Usman in late 2015. A well-rounded competitor with KO power, he has secured memorable victories against Nate Diaz, Rafael Dos Anjos and Vicente Luque to earn his first UFC title opportunity. Edwards now intends to shock the world by dethroning Usman to achieve his dream of capturing UFC gold.
UFC® 278: USMAN vs. EDWARDS 2 marks the first event in Salt Lake City since UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RODRÍGUEZ vs. CACERES on August 6, 2016. The event is the result of a partnership with Smith Entertainment Group (Vivint Arena) and Utah Sports Commission.
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