UFC 286 — Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman: Fight card, odds, start time, location, date, rumors, complete guide

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The UFC is back with its second PPV of March on Saturday when it returns to London. The promotion is back in the U.K. for its first PPV event in seven years when UFC 286 goes down from the O2 Arena as Leon Edwards makes a homecoming in looking to defend his title against Kamaru Usman in a trilogy fight.

Usman earned the win in their first meeting way back in 2015 when both fighters were merely prospects new to the organization. They met again last August as completely different people with Usman holding the welterweight title and nearing Anderson Silva’s record for most consecutive wins and title defenses. Edwards entered on a 10-fight win streak and top contender in a loaded division.

After nearly five rounds of dominance from the champ, Edwards scored an iconic headkick knockout to take the title in one of the most dramatic moments in UFC history. Now, he’ll need to repeat the feat in his hometown.

“It’s weird because on the ride to the hospital that night, I was already over it,” Usman told “Morning Kombat” this week. “I was over it. When you feel that sense of relief of all the expectations, you just hear it all quiet down. All of the people that were jumping on the ship making it heavy and needed to go, now have kind of jumped off.”

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The undercard fills out with some fun battles that could produce fireworks. Look no further than the co-main event when “The Highlight” Justin Gaethje returns. The perennial lightweight contender is back as he looks to turn away the next rising contender in the division in the form of Rafael Fiziev. Plus, submission specialist Gunnar Nelson is back in action when he takes on brawling brute Bryan Barberena. And the main card opens with an important bout at middleweight when former title challenger Marvin Vettori takes on rising contender Roman Dolidze.

Below is the complete fight card for UFC 286 along with the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Check back all week long for the latest news, features and other content around this massive event.

UFC 286 fight card, odds

  • Kamaru Usman -240 vs. Leon Edwards (c) +200, welterweight championship
  • Rafael Fiziev -230 vs. Justin Gaethje +190, lightweights
  • Gunnar Nelson -370 vs. Bryan Barberena +290, welterweights
  • Casey O’Neill -175 vs. Jennifer Maia +150, women’s flyweights
  • Marvin Vettori -280 vs. Roman Dolidze +230, middleweights
  • Jack Shore -500 vs. Makwan Amirkhani +380, featherweights
  • Chris Duncan def. Omar Morales via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Yanal Ashmoz def. Sam Patterson via first-round TKO (punches)
  • Muhammad Mokaev def. Jafel Filho via third-round submission (rear naked choke)
  • Lerone Murphy vs. Gabriel Santos via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Christian Leroy Duncan def. Dusko Todorovic via first-round TKO (injury)
  • Jake Hadley def. Malcolm Gordon via first-round TKO (punches)
  • Joanne Wood def. Luana Carolina via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Ludovit Klein vs. Jai Herbert ends in a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
  • Veronica Macedo def. Julianna Miller via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

UFC 286 info

  • Date: March 18
  • Location: O2 Arena — London, England
  • Start time: 5 p.m. ET (Main card) 
  • How to watch: ESPN+ PPV

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