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UFC 278: Welterweight title bout between champ Kamaru Usman, Leon Edwards headlines return to Salt Lake City

UFC 278: Welterweight championship bout between champ Kamaru Usman, Leon Edwards headlines return to Salt Lake City
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LAS VEGAS – UFC®makes its highly anticipated return to Salt Lake City, Utah with a blockbuster welterweight championship bout that will see Kamaru Usman run it back with No. 2-ranked contender Leon Edwards.

"UFC 278: Usman vs. Edwards 2" will take place Sat., August 20 at Vivint Arena and will be available live on ESPN+ pay-per-view. Tickets are set to go on sale to the public on Friday, June 24 and will be available through Ticketmaster.com.

No. 1 men’s pound-for-pound fighter Usman (20-1 MMA, 15-0 UFC) looks to continue his dominant run atop the welterweight division by netting his 20th consecutive win. The winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 21," he holds spectacular victories over Colby Covington (twice), Jorge Masvidal (twice) and Gilbert Burns. Usman now aims to secure his sixth straight title defense by stopping Edwards in emphatic fashion.

Edwards (19-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) has amassed an impressive 10-fight unbeaten streak since his first encounter with Usman in late 2015. A well-rounded competitor with knockout power, he has secured memorable victories against Nate Diaz, Rafael dos Anjos and Vicente Luque to earn his first UFC title opportunity. Edwards now intends to shock the world by dethroning Usman to achieve his dream of capturing UFC gold.

"UFC 278: Usman vs. Edwards 2" marks the first event in Salt Lake City since UFC Fight Night 92 on Aug. 6, 2016. The event is the result of a partnership with Smith Entertainment Group and Utah Sports Commission.

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit UFC.com. All bouts live and subject to change.