The UFC has just put its curtains on one of the most stacked Fight Nights at UFC Las Vegas, headlined by top bantamweights Petr Yan and Merab Dvalishvili. While some fans are still talking about the spectacular results this card has produced, others are already on their pins and needles, as the UFC 286 stage gets set up for Leon Edwards‘ first title defense against former champion Kamaru ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Usman.
This fight card is stacked from the top all the way to the bottom and fans couldn’t be more excited about it. The main event will be headlined by the current welterweight king Leon Edwards, who wishes to bring yet another upset against the 35-year-old. The co-main event will be nothing less than fireworks as top lightweight Justin Gaethje looks to throw down with Rafael Fiziev in a 3-round war.
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Usman was on a 15-fight win streak, heading into his rematch with the Birmingham native Leon Edwards. After dominating most of the duration of the 5-round war, Kamaru found himself at the receiving end of a devasting head-kick knockout in the 5th round, shocking fans and fighters alike. This bout marked one of the biggest upsets in the promotion, let alone the welterweight division.
UFC 286 streaming and channels
In America, fans can tune in for the main card on ESPN+, ESPN PPV
The UK fans will be able to catch the prelims on UFC Fight Pass, while, the main card will be available on BT Sport.
If you’re living in Australia, you can watch the main card live on Main Event, Kayo Sports, Fetch TV, and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass. However, due to the time zone difference, the event will take place on Sunday, March 19.
UFC 286 Leon Edwards vs Kamaru Usman 3: Fight venue and watch time
UFC 286 is scheduled to take place at The O2 Arena in London, England on Saturday, March 18.
The Early FIGHT PASS Prelims will start taking place at 1 p.m. ET | 6 p.m. GMT | 5 a.m. AEDT. Following will be the preliminary card which will begin at 3 p.m. ET | 8 p.m. GMT | 7 a.m. AEDT. Fans will witness the first card opening the main event at 5 p.m. ET | 10 p.m. GMT | 9 a.m. AEDT. Finally, Kamaru Usman and the reigning champion Leon Edwards will make their walk towards the Octagon at 8 p.m. ET | 1 a.m. GMT | 12 p.m. AEDT (approx.)
However, it is worth noting that these timings are subject to change, depending on the duration of each of the bouts taking place on the undercards.
Leon Edwards (c) vs Kamaru Usman – Welterweight Championship
Rafael Fiziev vs Justin Gaethje
Joanne Wood vs Luana Carolina
Gunnar Nelson vs Bryan Barberena
Roman Dolidze vs Marvin Vettori
Jack Shore vs Makwan Amirkhani
Sam Patterson vs Yanal Ashmoz
Chris Duncan vs Omar Morales
Lerone Murphy vs TBD
Early preliminary card
Muhammad Mokaev vs Jafel Filho
Christian Leroy Duncan vs Dusko Todorovic
Malcolm Gordon vs Jake Hadley
Jennifer Maia vs Casey O’Neill
Jai Herbert vs Ludovit Klein
Julianna Miller vs Veronica Macedo
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