Leon Edwards wins $50k bonus to go with world title belt after brutal head kick KO of Kamaru Usman at UFC 278
LEON EDWARDS pocketed a cool £43,000 bonus for his stunning victory over Kamaru Usman.
The Brummie knocked out the former pound-for-pound king in the final minute of their UFC 278 clash last weekend with a stunning head kick.
Edwards blew the roof off the Vivint Arena with the Hail Mary strike and ended Britain’s long-wait for a second UFC champion.
And it also earned him a £43,000 ($50,000) Performance of the Night bonus.
Edwards, 30, was overcome with emotion after his stunning last-gasp victory, telling UFC commentator Joe Rogan: “I can’t put it into words, Joe.
“It’s been a long four years. You all doubted me and said I couldn’t do it.
“You all said I couldn’t do it. Look at me now. Never again. Pound-for-pound, what? “Headshot dead. That’s it.”
Edward’s first title defence will be a trilogy fight with the dethroned Usman, who wants to come to enemy territory to exact his revenge.
He told TMZ: “I wanna go to England. I feel like England is my second home.
“You know, England is half African, people don’t know that.
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“It’s time to go over there and entertain my English people.”
Rocky has set his sights on a Wembley series decider with The Nigerian Nightmare.
He said: “To have the opportunity to headline a card at Wembley in the UK, in a sold-out arena, with all the other UK guys would be amazing.
“UK MMA is on the rise and I’m happy to now be the front runner and to motivate the guys and show them that we can do more.
“There will be more champions coming out of the UK in the next five years, I truly believe that.”
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