Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards are set to top UFC 278 this Saturday, facing off for the second time, seven years on from their first encounter.
The welterweight pair had first met in 2015, with Usman getting his hand raised following a three round decision. Neither man had lost a fight since, with Edwards long deserving of a shot at now-champ Usman. “The Nigerian Nightmare,” meanwhile, was looking to establish his place among the greats, with only Georges St-Pierre ahead of him in the weight class.
On Thursday, the key players from UFC 278 assembled in Salt Lake City, Utah for a pre-fight press conference. In addition to the welterweight title fight headlining the event, former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold returned at the event, paired up with former title challenger Paulo Costa.
Thursday’s press conference can be streamed in the embed above. The full UFC 278 card breaks down as follows:
Kamaru Usman (c) vs. Leon Edwards – for the UFC welterweight championship
Paulo Costa vs. Luke Rockhold
José Aldo vs. Merab Dvalishvili
Wu Yanan vs. Lucie Pudilová
Tyson Pedro vs. Harry Hunsucker
Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Romanov
Leonardo Santos vs. Jared Gordon
Sean Woodson vs. Luis Saldaña
Miranda Maverick vs. Shanna Young
A.J. Fletcher vs. Ange Loosa
Amir Albazi vs. Francisco Figueiredo
Aori Qileng vs. Jay Perrin
Daniel Lacerda vs. Victor Altamirano