UFC 278: Leon Edwards called his mum in incredibly emotional footage

Leon Edwards calls his mum

An emotional Leon Edwards quickly called his mother following his UFC 278 win over Kamaru Usman.

Edwards became the second-ever champion from England after knocking out Usman late on into the fifth round.

His perfectly timed head kick put ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ to sleep.

Immediately after, there were heartwarming scenes with his brother Fabian Edwards and the rest of the team.

However, Leon managed to find time to call his mum following the knockout victory. The Birmingham native immediately burst into tears as soon he phoned his mother.

Since then, the footage has gone viral over social media in what is truly wholesome content.

“I told you mum, I told you I’d do it!” Edwards said. The win shocked the world as Kamaru was controlling the fight and won rounds 2,3 and 4.

Many counted Edwards out, but he found a way to dig deep and get it done.

“I was born in Jamaica with nothing. I lived in a wooden shed with a zinc roof. Look at me now,” he told Joe Rogan after the fight.

“Pound for pound, head shot, dead. That’s it. I said it’s possible, we can win a belt from the UK, I told you.”

Edwards continued: “‘I want to first of all thank god. Mum, I love you, I told you I’d do it for you, I told you I’d change your life.

“All week I felt like this is my moment, everything in the past, the two years, the pandemic, look at me now, I’m champion of the world.

Leon Edwards
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – AUGUST 20: Leon Edwards of Jamaica celebrates after winning a welterweight title bout against Kamaru Usman of Nigeria during UFC 278 at Vivint Arena on August 20, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

“Thank you Dana [White – UFC president], and to the UFC for giving an opportunity to a kid who was born with nothing, thank you.”

At the post-fight press conference, Dana White said that he would be interested in booking the trilogy fight at Wembley.

With the trilogy bout most likely to happen, ‘Rocky’ will be looking to defeat Usman again and prove why he is the best in the world.

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