The fight game produces profound changes in the blink of an eye
UFC 286 start time — Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman: Live stream, fight card, PPV price, prelims, TV channel. Leon Edwards and his thousands of hometown supporters welcome Kamaru Usman to their colosseum on Saturday night. Usman enters enemy territory at the O2 Arena in London, England in pursuit of the UFC welterweight championship.
Here’s everything you need to know to catch the UFC 286 event on Saturday in London
The fight game produces profound changes in the blink of an eye. In August, Usman was 56 seconds away from tying the all-time UFC win streak record and sweeping Edwards 2-0 in their series. Improbably, Edwards lulled Usman into a trap that changed the landscape of the welterweight division. Edwards, clearly down on the scorecards, uncorked a brilliant head kick that laid out Usman for good. Edwards brought a rare UFC championship home to England and must defend it against his greatest rival in their trilogy fight.
Saturday’s co-main event features two of UFC’s most exciting fighters regardless of weight class. Justin Gaethje absurdly averages one post-fight bonus per fight; meanwhile, Rafael Fiziev has earned a Fight of the Night or Performance of the Night in five of seven Octagon appearances. Their collision is likely to produce not only another fantastic fight but also a shortlisted contender in the lightweight division.
Below is all the information you need to catch UFC 286 on Saturday night.
How to watch UFC 286 prelims
Date: March 18 | Location: O2 Arena — London
Time: 3 p.m. ET (1 p.m. ET for early prelims)
Channel: ESPN 2 | Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
How to watch UFC 286 main card
Date: March 18 | Location: O2 Arena — London
Time: 5 p.m. ET
Stream: ESPN+ PPV | Price: $79.99
On Saturday night, Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards meet in a rubber match for the welterweight championship in the main event of UFC 286. Their previous meeting saw Usman dominate the fight before Edwards scored a knockout with a head kick in the final minute of Round 5, ending Usman’s long reign as champion.
Usman has been the better fighter throughout their previous two meetings, winning nearly every moment of both fights, but it is the Edwards head kick that is the moment that truly stands out in their rivalry.
In the night’s co-main event, Justin Gaethje looks to maintain his status as one of the UFC’s elite lightweights when he takes on rising star Rafael Fiziev. The fight promises to be an exciting all-action fight between two heavy-hitting fighters with the ability to end the fight at any moment.
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The two first clashed in 2015 when Usman beat Edwards by unanimous decision. Then, at last year’s UFC 278, Edwards made a spectacular comeback by knocking out Usman securing the title. Today, Usman hopes to retake the belt and settle the fighters’ longstanding rivalry.
UFC 285 Main Card
Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards — Edward’s UFC welterweight championship
Rafael Fiziev vs. Justin Gaethje — Lightweights
Gunnar Nelson vs. Bryan Barberena — Welterweights
Casey O’Neill vs. Jennifer Maia — Women’s flyweights
Marvin Vettori vs. Roman Dolidze — Middleweights
UFC 285 Prelims
Jack Shore vs. Makwan Amirkhani — Featherweights
Omar Morales vs. Chris Duncan — Middleweights
Sam Patterson vs. Yanal Ashmoz — Lightweights
Muhammad Mokaev vs. Jafel Filho — Flyweights
UFC 285 Early Prelims
Lerone Murphy vs. Gabriel Santos, — Featherweights
Christian Leroy Duncan vs. Dusko Todorovic — Middleweights
Jake Hadley vs. Malcolm Gordon — Flyweights
Joanne Wood vs. Luana Carolina — Women’s flyweights
Ludovit Klein vs. Jai Herbert — Lightweights
Julianna Miller vs. Veronica Macedo — Women’s flyweights
Given the fact that Edwards and Usman both have a win over the other, it’s no surprise that oddsmakers are predicting a very close fight. Usman is the favorite with moneyline odds of -260 against the champ’s +196.
In their first meeting, Usman out-fought Edwards to win by decision, and their second meeting last year initially looked like a repeat with Usman landing more strikes and dominating on the ground. Then, of course, Edwards flipped the script in a second by landing a killer head kick to knock out Usman. Neither fighter has been in the octagon since then, leaving Usman with a record of 20-2 and Edwards with 20-3-1, which also some insight into Vegas’ choice of Usman as the favorite.
The main event of UFC 286 will feature a long-awaited rematch between welterweight champion Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman, the former champion of the division.
Edwards stunned Usman with a knockout head kick in the final minute of their UFC 278 fight in August 2022, ending Usman’s streak of 15 consecutive UFC victories and claiming the belt for the first time.
UFC 286 marks the third meeting between the two fighters. Usman defeated Edwards in his debut UFC match back in 2015. Edwards will be on his home turf fighting in London’s D2 Arena, but Usman remains the betting favorite as the fight approaches.