UFC Schedule: Which fighters are fighting this weekend?

Aug 13, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; The octagon before UFC Fight Night at Pechanga Arena.
Aug 13, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; The octagon before UFC Fight Night at Pechanga Arena. / Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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UFC 286: Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman 3 takes place on Saturday, March 18 2023, live from the O2 Arena in London, England. Follow along with FanSided MMA for all your live results and highlights throughout fight week.