UFC 278 caps an entertaining week


On Saturday night, Salt Lake City played host to a world-class MMA event, and from the first preliminary battle to the nail-biting finish of the main event, the crowd was treated to a spectacular show


Welterweight title challenger Leon Edwards voiced some moderate disappointment over his long-awaited championship chance coming in Salt Lake City before of Saturday's UFC 278


When I asked him about his childhood, he said, "When you're a kid, you visualise [winning your first UFC belt] somewhere enormous... somewhere dramatic."


However, it would be difficult to imagine a more monumental or dramatic conclusion than what took place on Saturday night.


With only 56 seconds remaining, Edwards shocked himself, shocked Usman, shocked everyone in Vivint Arena, and shocked the entire mixed martial arts


world by knocking out the reigning champion and No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world with a perfectly placed head kick


"Take a look at me now!" "Hey, look at me! The realisation of what Edwards had done caused him to scream with both excitement and sadness in the centre of the Octagon.


But that ending was the proverbial icing on the cake for what was an exciting fight week and a thrilling bout. and a fitting sequel to the UFC's 


As a longtime fight fan, I lobbied hard to be assigned to cover UFC 278 when it was still only a rumour that it would be held in Salt Lake City.


It turned out there was no one else running, but that's cool. I planned to be there early and stay through the last bell, so I could see every fight.


By the time the doors opened at 3:30, I was already seated in the front row next to the Octagon and directly behind the "blue corner."

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