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UFC 286 Fight Card, Edwards vs Usman 3

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The UFC 286 fight card, Edwards vs Usman 3 is slated to go down from the O2 Arena in London, UK. The event will air Saturday, March 18, 2023 and can be viewed on pay-per-view via ESPN+.

Get ready for another great weekend of fights, courtesy of the UFC. The long awaited rematch of one of 2022’s biggest upsets. With a co-main event that has all the makings of one of the most exciting fights of the year.

UFC 286 main event – Edwards vs Usman 3

At UFC on Fox 17, in December of 2015, Kamaru Usman generally utilized his wrestling to nullify Leon Edwards striking. In the end of the third round, Usman was actively pouring on damage from dominant positions. Finally, Usman won by unanimous decision.

These two meet for a third time in a highly anticipated rubber band bout.



At UFC 278, in August 2022, Leon Edwards struggled through 4 rounds with the then pound for pound best fighter in the UFC. Finally, in the last round Leon Edwards connected a high kick that shook the mma world.

Now the fighters are ready to put it all on the line once more as they take it to the rubber band match. The title is on the line, and these two are highly motivated and they will undoubtedly leave it all in the cage.

UFC 286 co-main event – Gaethje vs Fiziev

In the co-main event, Justin Gaethje #3 takes on rising star Rafael Fiziev in a lightweight bout. Fight fans from all over the world are anticipating this bout. The pace is indeed expected to be high and a finish would not come as a surprise to anyone.

Justin Gaethje is no stranger to mma fans the world over. Going through the wars he has been in has earned him a reputation as a thrill to watch. Unfortunately, he suffered some injuries from his fight with Charles Oliveira and a biking incident. Justin appears fully recovered and has his sights set on another championship fight.

Rafael Fiziev has been basically running through competitors, and currently sits at a 6 fight win streak. This #6 lightweight is looking to make a statement against Justin Gaethje (transition word) all while making his own case for a title shot.

This one could have fight of the year potential.



The division will have to settle down instead, as the winner of the UFC 288 co-main event will be next up for a title shot. When former lightweight champion, and #1 contender, Charles Oliveira faces off against #6 lightweight Beneil Dariush on May 6.

UFC 286 Fight Card, Edwards vs Usman 3

Main Card (On pay-per-view order through ESPN+ at 9:00 PM CST)

Leon Edwards #c (20-3-0), (+195) vs Kamaru Usman #1 (20-2-0), (-230) – welterweight title bout

Justin Gaethje #3 (24-4-0), (+195) vs Rafael Fiziev #6 (12-1-0), (-230) – lightweight bout

Gunnar Nelson (18-5-1), (-380) vs Bryan Barberena (18-9-0), (+310) – welterweight bout

Jennifer Maia #8 (20-9-1), (+150) vs Casey O’Neill #12 (9-0-0), (-175) – women’s flyweight bout

Marvin Vettori #4 (18-6-1), (-265) vs Roman Dolidze #9 (12-1-0), (+225) – middleweight bout

Prelims (Airing on ESPN+ at 7:00PM CST)

Jack Shore #15 (16-1-0), (-490) vs Makwan Amirkhani (17-8-0), (+390) – featherweight bout

Chris Duncan (9-1-0), () vs Omar Morales (11-3-0), () – lightweight bout

Sam Patterson (1-0-0), () vs Yanal Ashmoz (debut), () – lightweight bout

Muhammad Mokaev #12 (9-0-0), () vs Jafel Filho (14-2-0), () – flyweight bout

Early Prelims (Airing on UFC Fight Pass at 5:15PM CST

Lerone Murphy (11-0-1), () vs Gabriel Santos (debut), () – featherweight bout

Christian Leroy Duncan (7-0-0), () vs Dusko Todorovic (12-3-0), () – middleweight bout

Jake Hadley (9-1-0), (-380) vs Malcolm Gordon (14-6-0), (+310) – flyweight bout

Joanne Wood (15-8-0), () vs Luana Carolina (8-3-0), () – women’s flyweight bout

Jai Herbert (12-4-0), (+135) vs Ludovit Klein (19-4-0), (-155) – lightweight bout

Juliana Miller (4-1-0), (-425) vs Veronica Macedo (6-4-1), (+340) – women’s flyweight bout

That wraps it up for the UFC 286 fight card, Edwards vs Usman 3. If you enjoyed this article and want to see more of our UFC mma action (and we certainly hope you do), follow the link. Check back with us for the upcoming UFC 285 event. Undoubtedly, this will decide if Edwards has the solution for the most dominant welterweight or if Usman will overcome and reclaim the top spot.

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