A look at the fighters competing at UFC 286 this weekend, which takes palce at the O2 Arena, in London, England.
After MMA fans witnessed Merab Dvalishvili beat Petr Yan last weekend, this weekend, the UFC will return with a blockbuster card in the form of UFC 286. Featuring a bout between welterweight champion Leon Edwards and challenger Kamaru Usman, UFC 286 has been a talk among MMA fans for quite some time.
While the trilogy bout between Edwards and Usman at UFC 286 has garnered attention, the card will also host former lightweight title challenger Justin Gaethje's return to the Octagon. Coming off a loss against Charles Oliveira at UFC 274, Gaethje now faces a tough challenge in Rafael Fiziev, who is on a six-fight win streak in the Octagon.
The women's flyweight division, which recently saw a new champion emerge in Alexa Grasso, will see two of its top 15 fighters collide for a potential shot at the title in the near future. Brazilian Jennifer Maia will look to work her way up for another title shot when she meets Casey O'Neill in the middle of the cage.
With such fights on the card, UFC 286 is expected to be a huge event for the promotion. However, the above-mentioned fights are not all. Let us take a look at what UFC 286 has in store for MMA fans around the world.
UFC 286: Edwards vs Usman 3 Fight Card
Main Card - 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT
Leon Edwards vs Kamaru Usman - Welterweight Championship
Justin Gaethje vs Rafael Fiziev
Gunnar Nelson vs Bryan Barberena
Jennifer Maia vs Casey O'Neil
Marvin Vettori vs Roman Dolidze
Prelims - 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT
Jack Shore vs Makwan Amirkhani
Chris Duncan vs Omar Morales
Sam Patterson vs Yanal Ashmoz
Muhammad Mokaev vs Jafel Filho
Early Prelims - 1 p.m. ET / 10 p.m. PT
Lerone Murphy vs Gabriel Santos
Christian Leroy Duncan vs Dusko Todorovic
Jake Hadley vs Malcom Gordon
Joanne Wood vs Luana Carolina
Jai Herbert vs Ludovit Klein
Juliana Miller vs Veronica Macedo
At UFC 286, all eyes will be on Kamaru Usman as he will look to reclaim his welterweight championship
Despite UFC 286 featuring some brilliant fights, former 170-pound champion Kamaru Usman will be the talk of the town. After suffering his first defeat inside a UFC octagon, MMA fans wonder whether 'The Nigerian Nightmare' will be able to make a comeback.
Well, it won't be an easy task to fight Leon Edwards in his own backyard. However, in the previous two fights against the Englishman, Usman did look like the better fighter. While he won the first fight, the second did not go Usman's way, and with the upcoming trilogy, Kamaru Usman will look to put a full stop to his rivalry against Leon Edwards.