London Calling: Everything You Need To Know About UFC 286: Edwards Vs Usman III

How to watch Leon Edwards' history-making London showdown with Kamaru Usman
07:00, 16 Mar 2023

In August of last year, Leon Edwards stunned UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman with a vicious head kick to capture the title. It was almost without question the greatest victory by a British MMA fighter in the sport’s history. This weekend, he looks to repeat the trick as he makes the first defence of his 185lb gold.

Edwards will be on home soil for this hotly-anticipated trilogy bout. This time it is ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ seeking revenge, and he must travel to the champion’s backyard to get it. Usman won the first meeting between these competitors, back in 2015.

This welterweight war tops a spicy card of capital combat. World class lightweight Justin Gaethje looks to get back into the win column against the dominant Rafael Fiziev. Veteran welter Gunnar Nelson faces five-time Fight of the Night bonus winner Bryan Barberena  There’s also a prelim slot for popular Welshman Jack ‘Tank’ Shore.

Here’s everything you need to know about a hot night in old London town. 

Where: The O2 Arena, London, England

When: Saturday 18th March, 7pm 

How To Watch: BT Sport Box Office, £19.95

Tale Of The Tape: 


Place Of Birth: Kingston, Jamaica

Residence: Birmingham, England

Age: 31

Alias: Rocky

Record: 20-3-1

Height: 6’0” 

Reach: 74’’ 

Stance: Southpaw

Last Fight: Edwards scored the best victory of his career, knocking out Usman to win the UFC Welterweight Championship.



Place Of Birth: Auchi, Edo, Nigeria

Residence: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.

Age: 35

Alias: The Nigerian Nightmare

Record: 20-2

Height: 6’0” 

Reach: 76” 

Stance: Switch 

Last Fight: Usman lost the UFC Welterweight Championship he had held for over three years at the hands, and educated feet, of Edwards. 

Full Fight Card: 

Main card

Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman

Justin Gaethje vs. Rafael Fiziev

Gunnar Nelson vs. Bryan Barberena 

Jennifer Maia vs. Casey O'Neill

Marvin Vettori vs. Roman Dolidze 

Preliminary card 

Jack Shore vs. Makwan Amirkhani

Chris Duncan vs. Omar Morales

Sam Patterson vs. Yanal Ashmoz

Muhammad Mokaev vs. Jafel Filho 

Early preliminary card 

Lerone Murphy vs. Gabriel Santos

Christian Leroy Duncan vs. Duško Todorović

Malcolm Gordon vs. Jake Hadley 

Joanne Wood vs. Luana Carolina 

Jai Herbert vs. Ľudovít Klein 

Juliana Miller vs. Veronica Macedo

ufc 286 odds*

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