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Leon Edwards bests Kamaru Usman again to retain UFC crown

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LONDON — Leon Edwards was the first to admit he gave a terrible performance in his welterweight title fight against Kamaru Usman eight months ago.

He turned in a much better one against Usman at UFC 286. Edwards (21-3) recorded his first defense of the UFC's 170-pound championship on Saturday in front of a home crowd at O2 Arena in London, earning a majority decision on the scorecards.

Two judges scored the five-round title bout 48-46 in favor of Edwards while a third scored it a 47-47 draw. It was a much different fight and different Edwards from eight months ago.

Edwards was clearly losing to Usman (20-3) at UFC 278 when he landed a stunning head kick that knocked the then-champion and No.

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