The legacy of some of the biggest names in MMA today will be on the line at UFC 278 on Saturday in Salt Lake City (USA). The main name of the show is Nigerian Kamaru Usman, the current welterweight champion and Sterling rating leader, who is defending the belt against naturalized Jamaican Briton Leon Edwards with a historic mark for Anderson Silva in his sights.
Camaro Usman (left) takes on Leon Edwards (right) at UFC 278 – Photo: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
The main card also highlights Brazilian Jose Aldo, formerly #1 pound-for-pound, in a decisive battle for his ambitions to win a belt in the second welterweight division, which would place him in a select business as a double champion. Paulo Poorachinha is also looking to recover at the middleweight, against a former champ battling to regain his relevance in the class. It’s all direct and exclusive to fighting From 19:00 (Brazilian time) SportTV 3And the YouTube don’t struggle And the fight.com Displaying the first two battles of the initial card at the same time, the site follows the entire event in real time.
Kamaru Usman hasn’t known what it’s like to lose in MMA since his second professional fight, in 2013. Since then, he has racked up 19 wins, 15 of which are in the UFC. Less than Anderson Silva’s between 2006 and 2013, the official record for consecutive wins in the company (Jon Jones has 17 consecutive wins, but the UFC considers the streak to be broken by abolishing mid-streak).
Camaro Usman is already giving a “second lap” at the main welterweight competitors – Image: Getty Images
Another strong argument would be to put the “Nigerian Nightmare” in the discussion about the best fighter of all time, with Anderson and Jones included. Another argument is that a victory over Edwards would practically complete a “second round” over the main competitors in this category, after also winning second matches against Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington. It’s a rare kind of dominance in MMA.
Edwards promises to prevent this from happening. The Jamaican has not lost since a 2015 loss to Usman, which he attributes to his inexperience in mixed martial arts. From there, “Rocky” clearly evolved into a more complete fighter, resulting in nine straight wins. However, it remains to be seen if the evolution is superior to that of the hero himself, who also became a more polished athlete.
To close with a golden key
Jose Aldo’s name is already immortalized among the greats in the history of mixed martial arts. His decade-long dominance in featherweight between 2005 and 2015 mirrors what Usman was doing at welterweight. However, the shine has waned a bit since Conor McGregor’s accidental loss in 2015. Manwara then went down to bantamwe weightage and looks rejuvenated: He’s won his last three matches in a dominant fashion.
Jose Aldo standing at the ceremonial weight ceremony at UFC 278 – Photo: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
This Saturday, Aldo faces Georgia’s Merab Dvalishvili, who is going through a glamorous stage with seven straight victories. The victory virtually ensures that the Brazilian gets another chance to fight for the bantam weight belt and become only the eighth fighter to claim the title of champion in two different weight divisions in the UFC. These may be the last steps in his acclaimed career, which he admits are coming to an end.
– I have never trained much in my life, I have never given much of myself, most of myself in the gym. I am very fast, very explosive speed, very strong. I went back up the stairs to neutralize his strong point. There’s no way (I could lose), man, there’s no way. You can be sure, I’m well prepared and you’ll notice. My hand is very good and, God willing, it will be a knockout – Aldo predicted.
All week, American Luke Rockhold and Brazil’s Paulo Poorachinha grabbed the spotlight in an intense and unexpected competition. Former middleweight champion Rockold appears to be igniting a fire under him, as he looks to resume a successful career derailed after winning the class belt in 2015. Since then, there have been three defeats in four fights and a longer time. From the appraiser from the inside.
Paulo Poorachinha (left) and Luke Rockhold (right) face off at the ceremonial weight ceremony at UFC 278 – Photo: Josh Hedges / Zuffa LLC
Borrachinha also had his setbacks. After emerging as a Hurricane and winning the first 13 fights of his career, the Brazilian gave an unrecognizable performance in the belt dispute against Israel Adesanya and lost. He then fought in the top division as he struggled to break the middleweight limit, which he attributes to injuries, and lost again. Rockhold is the big name that could return his career to the elite in the division.
The Brazilian hasn’t fallen into the opponent’s “stack” all week, not even in the last week, at Friday’s weight ceremony. He believes that all harassment is a symptom of Rockhold’s fears.
– I felt it very … he jumps, he annoys me, it’s a sign of stress. When you are uncomfortable, you have to show something. Everyone who is well rests stays seated and waits for tomorrow (Saturday). I think it’s a sign, said Purashinha.
Also participating in the event are three other Brazilians: Leo Santos, Francisco Figueiredo and Daniel Miogo. Check out the full UFC 278 schedule:
August 20, 2022 in Las Vegas (USA)
Welterweight: Camaro Usman vs. Leon Edwards
Middleweight: Paulo Poracinha vs Luke Rockhold
Bantamite weight: Jose Aldo vs Merab Dvalishvili
Bantamweight weight: Wu Yan’an vs. Lucy Pudlova
Light Heavyweight: Tyson Pedro vs. Harry Hansucker
Heavyweight: Marcin Tibora vs Alexander Romanov
Lightweight: Leo Santos vs Jared Gordon
Featherweight: Shawn Woodson vs. Luis Saldana
Middleweight: AJ Fletcher vs Ange Loosa
Flyweight: Amir El Bazi vs Francisco Figueiredo
Bantamweight: Uri Keeling vs Jay Beren
Flyweight: Daniel Miogo vs. Victor Altamirano
UFC 278: Kamaru Usman defends his belt and José Aldo returns to the Octagon
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