UFC 278 Preview

Photo Courtesy of Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/GETTY

UFC 278 Is a few weeks away and it is absolutely stacked. The first fight of interest is a matchup between José Aldo and Merab Dvalishvili. This fight will immediately be followed up by the funniest MMA fighter on the Internet Paulo Costa who will be facing off against Luke Rockhold. The Main event will be a title fight between Kamaru Usman and 19-3 Leon Edwards which is a rematch between the pair, who first faced off in December of 2015.

 José Aldo is tough as nails and was at one point considered to be the best UFC Featherweight of all time. And if you look at all of Aldo’s losses were to killers like Petr Yan, Max Holloway, and Alexander Volkanovski. Aldo has won his last three and hopes to make it four wins a row. He is set to take on Merab Dvalishvili who is riding a seven fight win streak holding a 14-4 MMA record. The Georgian has a background in Wrestling, khridoli, Sambo and Judo.

If you don’t follow Paulo Costa you probably should. The Brazilian is one of the funniest men in MMA and talks shit on the internet. The Jiu Jitsu Black Belt has a 13-2 record and is on a two fight losing streak, but hopes to get back into the win column when he faced off against Luke Rockhold. Rockhold is also a Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu who has a 16-5 record with all of those loses coming against tough opposition like Michael Bisping, Vitor Belfort, and Jan Błachowicz. This fight is a banger.

The main event is really something to behold, a rematch seven years in the making. Kamaru Usman wasn’t the Champion back then, but now he is and the 170 pound title is on the line. Since their last meeting Edwards has gone without a loss and he hopes to get revenge from his loss against Usman with a win against the 170 pound champion.Usman looks to add another title defense to his resume when he fights against Edwards. Usman is phenomenal in the UFC Octagon with a perfect promotional record and an overall 20-1 record.

UFC 278 is a great card and will be live on ESPN+ PPV. It’s sure to be a night of great fights.

FIGHTER PROFILE: Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman says crossover mega-fight with Canelo "only makes sense" and  would be combat sports' 'biggest event ever' | DAZN News UK
Usman embraces victory. Photo Courtesy of Getty Images

Kamaru Usman will face Colby Covington at UFC 268 in a rematch of their 2019 fight which was Usman’s first title defense. Usman will again be defending the 170 pound title at UFC 268 the world will be watching as these two great wrestlers face off in the UFC Octagon at Madison Square Garden. But what makes the welterweight champion and #1 pound for pound ranked fighter is his story and how he got to the UFC. 

Usman was born May 11, 1987 in Auchi, Nigeria to his parents who were both of Nigerian descent. His father was in the Nigerian army and his mother was a teacher. Usman’s father would eventually become a Pharmacist and would move his family to the US when Usman was eight years old. This would get Usman an American education.


During his sophomore year Usman would begin wrestling at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas. It would be a start of something special for young Usman who ended up with a 53–3 record and would place third at the Texas State Wrestling Championships. Usman who is the same age as Jon Jones would wrestle besides the future Light Heavyweight champion at the Senior National Tournament.

 Usman would go on to wrestle in college at William Penn University. Usman would later transfer to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Usman would place top 3 in wrestling in the country in all his years at UNK. Usman would become a NCAA Division II national champion at 174 pounds in 2010 in Omaha. After College Usman decided to pursue Olympic Wrestling but decided not to take part after injuries derailed his dreams.

This led Usman to pursue MMA. In 2011 Usman made his first step into the MMA world when he served as the wrestling coach for Team Miller during The Ultimate Fighter season fourteen. Usman made his professional MMA debut in November of 2012 fighting for the RFA promotion he won by TKO (punches.) Usman would lose his next fight, and would fight for more times in smaller promotions and would then make his way to the UFC. He’d end up in the UFC via The Ultimate Fighter. Usman would win the show and it would be his first win in the promotion.

After The Ultimate Fighter, Usman went on a serious run, dominating the Welterweight Division. Beating fighters like Leon Edwards, Demian Maia, and Rafael dos Anjos. This would earn Usman a title shot, where he would face defending Welterweight Champion, Tyron Woodley. Usman would win by Unanimous decision. Since then Usman has defended the Welterweight Championship 4 times once against Colby Covington and Gilbert Burns and twice against Jorge Masvidal. Usman will be facing Colby Covington in a rematch at Madison Square Garden as the main event of UFC 268.

What makes Usman’s story all the more amazing is that when Usman was doing all of these amazing things in the cage, he had turmoil at home. His father was in Jail for most of his run due to a health care fraud and money laundering scheme. Usman’s father is now out of jail and has seen his son fight. Usman recently bought his parents a nice home for them to retire in.

We shall see if Usman retains his title after UFC 268 it is sure to be a great fight, and it should be interesting because Usman and Covington don’t really like each other which adds so much drama to the fight. We shall see!

0-10

KEEP MMA AFICIONADO GOING!

KEEP MMA AFICIONADO AFLOAT WITH A ONE TIME TIP. WE WORK HARD TO PROVIDE QUALITY CONTENT AND WOULD APPRECIATE ANY HELP!

$1.00

FIGHTER PROFILE: LEON ‘ROCKY’ EDWARDS

Leon Edwards on Colby Covington: “He doesn't even want to say my name, so  he probably doesn't want these hands either”

Leon Edwards is on an impressive rise to fame. Edwards who is on a nine fight win streak just notched a win against one of the UFC’s biggest stars, Nate Diaz. Edwards is set to face another one of the promotion’s biggest stars, Jorge Masvidal at UFC 269 on December 11th. Masvidal is coming off two consecutive losses to  Kamaru Usman, the current division champion. Edwards hopes that by beating Masvidal he is one step closer to a UFC title, something he’s been working towards since he made his promotional debut in 2014. 

Edwards was born on August 25, 1991 in Kingston, Jamaica. Edwards lived in a one room house with his family. Growing up in Jamaica was rough for Edwards who was constantly surrounded by the tumultuous activity of the streets of Jamaica. Edward’s father was involved in some of these “questionable activities.” Edwards moved to Birmingham England at age nine with his family. This move led To Edward’s father’s death four years later when he was shot at a nightclub. 

A combination of his fathers death and other environmental factors led to Edward’s himself getting involved in tough situations and criminal activities including drug dealing, street fighting,  and weapon possession. His mother saw him headed down a tough path and encouraged a now 17 year old Edwards to join an MMA club. Edwards enjoyed MMA so much that he decided to pursue it as a career.


Edwards started off his MMA career in 2010 when he made his debut at Bushido Challenge 2 – A New Dawn. Edwards won the fight by Submission (armbar) defeating Carl Booth. Edwards then moved on to a professional career when he faced  Damian Zlotnicki at Fight UK MMA: Fight UK 4. Edwards won by TKO (punches) and would fight two more times for the promotion.


 Edwards would then move on to the Strength And Honour promotion where he would beat Craig White by Technical Decision. Edwards would then move on to his final stop before the UFC which was the BAMMA  promotion he’d win all five of his fights in the promotion. This would lead Edwards to make his UFC debut  against Cláudio Silva unfortunately he did not win, but he stuck with the promotion. Edwards’ only other loss in the promotion is to current champion Kamaru Usman

Edwards is one step closer to an MMA promotion and is looking to secure a victory at UFC 269 in December against Masvidal. It will be an exciting fight on  a great card.

0-10

KEEP MMA AFICIONADO GOING!

KEEP MMA AFICIONADO AFLOAT WITH A ONE TIME TIP. WE WORK HARD TO PROVIDE QUALITY CONTENT AND WOULD APPRECIATE ANY HELP!

$1.00