UFC 286: Can Kamaru Usman Win Back His Championship?
Will his first title defense go like his last fight, or has Leon Edwards experienced his best day vs. Kamaru Usman already?
All eyes will be on The O2 Arena in London for UFC 286 this Saturday.
In the main event, Leon Edwards makes his first title defense, taking on former champion Kamaru Usman.
Back at UFC 278 last August, Edwards upset Usman, winning via knockout in the fifth and final round. That stunning loss made it 1-1 all-time with Usman, who won the first via decision back in 2015.
The 31-year-old champion from Jamaica has been on an incredible run. His last loss was that defeat eight years ago to Usman, as he has picked off the likes of Nate Diaz, Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone since.
However, many still wondered if Edwards was ready for the big time when he stepped back inside the Octagon with Usman. He showed he was, flooring him with a perfectly-timed head kick with under a minute to go in the bout.
For Usman, this is an opportunity to take back what he held for almost four years. He won the title back in 2019, besting Tyron Woodley.
Usman added defenses vs. Colby Covington, Jorge Masvidal and Gilbert Burns to his collection before the loss to Edwards.
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UFC 286 also features Justin Gaethje vs. Rafael Fiziev, Joanne Wood vs. Luana Carolina and Gunnar Nelson vs. Bryan Barberena.
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