UFC 286 preview as Edwards vs Usman headlines with Gaethje vs Fiziev in co-main

Leon Edwards aims to defend his welterweight title in a highly-anticipated trilogy bout against Kamaru Usman at the top of a stacked London card for UFC 286.

The Jamaican-born Birmingham local welcomes the 'Nigerian Nightmare' to London having taken his title with a fifth-round head kick that sent shockwaves through global MMA.

That upset defeat laid the groundwork for a PPV return to the UK for the first time since Michael Bisping defended his middleweight belt in Manchester back in 2016.

Daily Star Sport has all you need to know for Saturday's blockbuster night of fights at London's O2 Arena, including featured bouts for Justin Gaethje and Marvin Vettori, with all fights in order from first to last.

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Flyweight: Juliana Miller vs. Veronica Macedo

Lightweight: Jai Herbert vs. Ludovit Klein

Flyweight: Joanne Wood vs. Luana Carolina

Flyweight: Malcolm Gordon vs. Jake Hadley

Middleweight: Christian Leroy Duncan vs. Dusko Todorovic

Featherweight: Lerone Murphy vs. Gabriel Santos

With a flyweight bout between Juliana Miller (3-1) and Veronica Hardy (6-4-1) kicking things off, fan favourite lightweight Jai Herbert (12-4) is looking to build on his victory over Kyle Nelson, which took place on the same night Ludovit Klein (19-4) saw off Mason Jones.

Scottish flyweight Joanne Wood (15-8) is in need of a victory against former Molly McCann opponent Luana Carolina (8-3), with Birmingham flyweight Jake Hadley (9-1), as announced by Daily Star Sport, looking to set the tone for Edwards against Malcolm Gordon (14-6).

With middleweight Londoner Christian Leroy Duncan (7-0) making his UFC debut against Dusko Todorovic (12-3), Manchester's undefeated featherweight Lerone Murphy (11-0-1) rounds off the early prelims against newcomer Gabriel Santos (10-0) following Nathaniel Wood's injury.

Who will leave London as the UFC Welterweight Champion? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below.


Flyweight: Muhammad Mokaev vs. Jafel Filho

Lightweight: Sam Patterson vs. Yanal Ashmoz

Lightweight: Chris Duncan vs. Omar Morales

Featherweight: Jack Shore vs. Makwan Amirkhani

Another flyweight bout between the undefeated Muhammad Mokaev (9-0) and experienced Jafel Filho (14-2) opens the prelims, with exciting newcomer Sam Patterson (10-1-1) taking on Yanal Ashmoz (6-0) at lightweight.

Scotland's Contender Series victor Chris Duncan (9-1) makes his full UFC debut against lightweight veteran Omar Morales (11-3), with Wales' Jack Shore (16-1) looking to get back to winning ways at a higher weight against Makwan Amirkhani (17-8) at featherweight.

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Middleweight: Marvin Vettori vs. Roman Dolidze

Flyweight: Jennifer Maia vs. Casey O'Neill

Welterweight: Gunnar Nelson vs. Bryan Barberena

Lightweight: Justin Gaethje vs. Rafael Fiziev

Welterweight: Leon Edwards (c) vs. Kamaru Usman

Former middleweight title challenger Marvin Vettori #4 (18-6-1) opens up the main card against Roman Dolidze #8 (12-1), with the Georgian looking to move up the rankings.

Former flyweight title challenger Jennifer Maia #8 (20-9-1) takes on Scottish-born Australian Casey O'Neill #12 (9-0), in a bid to defend her ranking.

Gunnar Nelson (18-5-1) takes on Bryan Barberena (18-9) in a welterweight bout that promises fireworks, with the co-main event the favourite for fight of the night.

Former interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje (23-4) looks to defend his #3 ranking against the surging Rafael Fiziev (12-1) who is ranked #6 after beating Rafael dos Anjos.

The main event brings Leon Edwards C (20-3) and Kamaru Usman #1 (20-2) together for a third time following Usman's 2015 decision victory and Edwards' brutal KO victory in August.

The London plans were announced by Dana White moments after Usman lost his title on what was set to be a sixth consecutive defence, which cost him his P4P king status.

Speaking to Daily Star Sport back in October, Edwards said: "It was one of the worst performances of my career and that was the best Usman we're going to get.

"That's what he does in fights that's the best we will see – and it was the worst of me. I think it will be a totally different fight – with the same result."

TV channel and stream

UK viewers can watch UFC 286 on BT Sport Box Office for £19.95.

With the early preliminary card set to begin on UFC FIGHT PASS from 5pm GMT, the preliminary card is set to get underway at 7pm on BT Sport before the 9pm main card.

The main event between welterweight rivals Edwards vs Usman is expected to begin around 10:30pm, depending on the results of the proceeding fights.


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