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MMA Preview: UFC 268 – Leon Edwards (20-3-1) vs Kamaru Usman (20-2-0) 3

Leon Edwards vs Kamaru Usman 3 is the headline bout of UFC 286, an MMA event taking place at The O2 Arena in London

In August of last year, Kamaru Usman was defeated by Leon Edwards, ending his two-year reign as UFC Welterweight champion. The Nigerian Nightmare now has a chance to exact his revenge seven months later. Can he do it?

Leon Edwards vs Kamaru Usman 3 Odds

Leon Edwards+196
Kamaru Usman-260

*Odds taken from Sports Odds Direct on Monday, March 13, 2023.

When, Where, and How to Watch?

  • Place: The O2 Arena in London, England
  • Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023
  • Time: ~10:00 PM ET
  • How to Watch: ESPN+

In his professional career, which began in 2011, Leon Edwards is 20-3-1. He is defending his title for the first time. He joined the UFC just three years later, where he is 12-2-1. One of his UFC misfortunes happened to Kamaru Usman in 2015. In that right, the Nigerian Nightmare won unanimously and was just 56 seconds away from doing the same in their second fight.

Edwards stunned Usman with a knockout in the fifth round with 4:04 remaining on August 20, 2022. Usman was literally killing him before that. He landed 28 more significant strikes than Edwards did. Additionally, Usman completed five takedowns, while Edwards only completed one.

The Englishman can be content with his victory, but you can be sure Usman will treat the next fight with even greater seriousness. However, Edwards will need to improve. In addition to the fact that he will have support from his fans at The O2 Arena, he appears to be in excellent health at the moment. But will that be enough for him to keep his Welterweight title from the UFC?

Kamaru Usman is prepared for retribution in March 2023, when he is ranked No. 5 spot in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings. He topped the P4P list for nearly a year prior to Edwards’ KO defeat. This alone explains why Usman is expected to win the title back on Saturday.

He had the championship belt for more than two years. He defeated Tyron Woodley to win it in March of 2019. After that, he won the title five times and defeated Colby Covington twice, Jorge Masvidal twice, and Gilbert Burns once in the process.

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