Leon Edwards won the UFC welterweight gold medal by knocking out Kamaru Usman in the fifth round at UFC 278. This time it was no exaggeration to shock the world as Usman won 3-1 going into the fifth. Paul Costa defeated Luke Lockhold by unanimous decision in the co-main event. After that, Rockhold seems inclined to retire. Today, we’re going to look at what’s next for the losers of UFC 278.
Kamaru Usman was No. 1 on the UFC’s pound-for-pound list last weekend for his sixth defending title. Edwards’ loss took him down a bit. Although his notoriety as one of the best players in the world may make him an immediate return. Especially since he won most of the fights. During his time as champion, he had Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal rematch, so it’s realistic to think the UFC will give him a trilogy against Edwards in their next fight.
Usman’s Next Fight: The Trilogy with Leon Edwards
After a night of fighting and the infamous scene of rubbing his own blood on Paul Costa’s face, Luke Lockhold announced his retirement at UFC 278.
Rockhold’s next fight: None
Jose Aldo lost 3-3 to Merab Dvalishvili last weekend as he moved to bantamweight. Even with his father’s time against him, Aldo seems fresher than ever and ready to make a splash in the department. He just seemed to be battling a heavy attack from Devalishvili. In his next game, Aldo should be looking to fight someone in the top 10 to stay relevant.
Just a few weeks ago, Dominic Cruz had just lost to Marlon Villa in TKO, and while he looked good in that match, he ultimately failed. The battle between Cruz and Aldo will be a fine display between two legends of the sport as they try to prove they are still capable of competing against the best.
Aldo’s next fight: Dominic Cruz
Wu Yanan and Harry Hansack
Wu Yanan was eliminated by Lucia Pudilova in the second round of UFC 278. The loss put Yanan on a four-game losing streak. Hunsucker, on the other hand, has a 0-3 record since joining the UFC and was just knocked out by Tyson Pedro in the first round. As such, the UFC may well decide to part ways with the two fighters. If not, both should be a budding fighter.
Last weekend, Alexander Romanov lost to Marcin Tebla in a controversial decision. In the first round, Romanov entered the important strike category with a 30-0 win over Tebla. He still has 4 minutes and 27 seconds of control time, while Tybura has zero control time. Romanov got tired and ended up losing the second and third rounds, but the two judges didn’t give him a 10-8 score in the first round, which caused him to lose the majority decision. That loss marked the first of Romanoff’s career. In his next fight, Romanoff should be looking to fight someone in the top 15 so he can stay in the rankings and continue to climb the heavyweight rankings.
Blagoy Ivanov is 3-3 in the UFC and currently ranks 15th in the division. In his final match in May, he decided to beat Marcos Rogerio de Lima. Ivanov has great boxing, which contradicts Romanov’s fighting style. Victory over Ivanov will keep Romanov in the top 15 and set him up for another big fight in the future.
Romanov’s next fight: Blagoy Ivanov