UFC 286 is taking place at the O2 Arena in London, England.
The card is headlined by Leon Edwards defending his Welterweight title against Kamaru Usman.
They meet for the third time.
Edwards’ last loss was to Usman – in 2015. He has built a stellar record of 10 straight wins and one ‘No-Contest’. He is an accomplished striker with excellent footwork and the ability to use his reach advantage to control distance.
Usman had a run of 19 wins since 2013, 5 of which were title defenses, until he met Leon again in 2022. Kamaru is an extremely dominant wrestler with good ground-and-pound, who developed serious striking power.
It will be an interesting style match-up. And a few questions will be answered:
+ Can Leon’s spectacular win give him the mental strength to forget that he was thoroughly dominated by Usman in their last meeting, from the second round onwards until one minute before the last bell? Was it the altitude of Colorado that held him back from more?
+ Was it enough time for Kamaru to come back from a devastating knock out? Mentally and physically? How is the rest of his body holding up? Especially the knees and the hands?
Leon Edwards vs Kamaru Usman 2 | FREE FIGHT | UFC 286
As is required for a PPV, the card is looking good:
- Justin Gaethje v Rafael Fiziev
- Jennifer Maia v Casey O’Neill
- Marvin Vettori v Roman Dolidze
- Jack Shore v Makwan Amirkhani
- Muhammad Mokaev v Jafel Filho
- Christian Leroy Duncan (hot prospect) v Dusko Todorovic
- Julianna Miller v Veronica Macedo
and many more
Dan Hardy's breakdown:
Leon Edwards vs Kamaru Usman 3 | Dan Hardy Breakdown, The War Room Ep. 257
Dan Hardy’s breakdown for their last fight: Tale of the Tape for Usman vs Edwards 2 | The War Room with Dan Hardy | Full Reptile CLIPS
Luke Thomas and Brian Campbell are joined by Chuck Mindenhall are back with their preview of UFC PPV cards:
UFC 286 Pregame Preview: Usman-Edwards 3 | Gaethje-Fiziev | Morning Kombat
Brendan Fitzgerald and Sayif Saud breakdown their first two matches: The Guide to Securing the Ultimate Leon Edwards Head Kick KO | UFC 286 BREAKDOWN
Cejudo takes to the screen and breaks down the fight from a technical perspective:
Kamaru Usman vs Leon Edwards 2 REWATCH! What Went Wrong For Usman? | Henry Cejudo FILM BREAKDOWN!
Who is going to win?
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Kamaru Usman wins by Decision
Leon Edwards wins by KO/TKO/Submission
Leon Edwards wins by Decision
Kamaru Usman wins by KO/TKO/Submission