Leon Edwards Takes Kamaru Usman's UFC Title, BetOnline Sees $36K Last Minute Bet

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Dave Mason of BetOnline reported that his book has taken a $36,000 last minute bet on Kamaru Usman to win versus Leon Edwards in Saturday night's UFC 278 event.

Edwards shocked the MMA world with a victory, and thus taking away the UFC welterweight title.  ESPN had Usman ranked No. 1 on its pound-for-pound list and on top at welterweight entering Saturday's fight.

The finish came at 4 minutes, 4 seconds of the fifth round, making it the fourth-latest finish in a UFC title fight.

Edwards snapped Usman's 15-fight UFC winning streak as well.

Edwards is the first Jamaican-born fighter to win a UFC title and the second England-based athlete to do so.

"It's more for the people that grew up where I grew up," Edwards said. "I know it. I felt it. I felt the pressure. I felt the doubt. I felt people saying it couldn't be done. I was born with nothing."

"You think of everything that was on the line for Usman tonight," UFC President Dana White said following Edwards shock victory. "Usman fought with absolute and total confidence the entire night. He fought the perfect fight."

White said a trilogy title fight between Edwards and Usman would be next for both men.  BetOnline was likely to post odds on that one as soon as Sunday afternoon.

- Tyrone Black, Gambling911.com

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