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Midnight Mania! Watch Israel Adesanya get shocked speechless by Leon Edwards’ head kick over Kamaru Usman

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Leon Edwards’ come-from-behind, walk-off head kick knockout win over Kamaru Usman at UFC 278 is one for the ages. For one, it was pretty much perfect technique. Edwards read his opponents defenses, feinted him into slipping and lower his hands, then placed his shin directly upside his temple.

Textbook.

Perhaps more important is the narrative. Despite a strong opening round and impressive takedown from the underdog, Usman’s wrestling was largely controlling the fight. Edwards looked tired and defeated, and no amount of yelling from his corner seemed to be having any effect ... until that head kick landed.

Israel Adesanya is rarely a man to keep quiet, but when his friend — one of Africa’s “Three Kings” alongside Usman and Francis Ngannou — fell to the canvas, Adesanya was momentarily shocked into silence. When he recovered his voice, Adesanya muttered, “He parried too low, f—k!”

“As much as I am happy for Leon, I’m more happy for team,” Adesanya said later on his YouTube channel (via MMAJunkie). “Because, Tim, our manager, I know how much this meant to him. It’s bittersweet. I’m so happy for Leon and Tim, but then I’m so sad for Kamaru. But then also I know, like the rematch – they’re going to have a rematch clause or something, so I know it’s going to be in there.”

Check out the full video below:

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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

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