Former UFC welterweight champion and Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman has been admitted to hospital after suffering a brutal knockout loss to Leon Edwards in Salt Lake City on Sunday.
Usman endured his first setback in over 9 years in the headliner of the UFC 278 event.
Usman (20-2 MMA) and Edwards (20-3 MMA) had previously met back in December of 2015, with ‘The Nigerian Nightmare‘ earning a unanimous decision victory.
The Nigerian had entered the rematch sporting nineteen straight wins, a streak which included five straight UFC welterweight title defenses.
Meanwhile, Leon Edwards had gone 9-0 with 1 no-contest since suffering that aforementioned 2015 setback to Usman.
The Birmingham native was coming off a unanimous decision victory over Nate Diaz in his most previous effort back at UFC 263.
Usman was taken to hospital immediately following the devastating setback, but has since issued a statement on social media to his fans.
“Champs f$ck up sometimes…but we bounce back and come with vengeance!!” – Usman wrote on Twitter.
The defeat served as the first knockout loss of Kamaru Usman’s storied career. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ was submitted in his only previous loss back in May of 2013.
UFC President Dana White has already confirmed that the promotion plans to do an immediate trilogy fight between Usman and Edwards, preferably in London.