UFC 286 predictions: Who’s deciding on Leon Edwards to upset Kamaru Usman all over again?
March 17, 2023 1: 00 pm ET
The UFC is support in London for the third time in about a one year this week with a welterweight trilogy rematch atop the card.
UFC 286 takes space Saturday at The O2 in London. The predominant card airs on pay-per-mediate following prelims on ESPNews and early prelims on ESPN+.
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In the predominant tournament, welterweight champion Leon Edwards (20-3 MMA, 12-2 UFC) takes on veteran champ Kamaru Usman (20-2 MMA, 15-1 UFC) in a trilogy title rematch. Usman had tiny arena with Edwards for nearly about 25 minutes when they fought this previous August, nonetheless Edwards pulled off a swish leisurely head-kick knockout to purchase the title.
Usman is a -250 well-liked at Tipico Sportsbook; the comeback on Edwards is +200. It’s not a shutout, even though it is a blowout. Our 11 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers include Usman forward at 9-2.
In the co-feature, Rafael Fiziev (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) takes on veteran interim light-weight champ Justin Gaethje (23-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC). Fiziev is bigger than a 2-1 well-liked, nonetheless it absolutely’s Gaethje who has the slimmest capacity picks lead at 6-5.
Also on the predominant card, Bryan Barberena (18-9 MMA, 9-7 UFC) meets Gunnar Nelson (18-5-1 MMA, 9-5 UFC) in a welterweight bout. Nelson is the largest well-liked on the predominant card at -360, nonetheless he has real a 7-4 lead within the picks from our employees contributors.
Jennifer Maia (20-9-1 MMA, 5-5 UFC) takes on the unbeaten Casey O’Neill (9-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) in a ladies’s flyweight bout. O’Neill is a -170 well-liked – the smallest well-liked on the predominant card. But she is our closest thing to a unanimous set shut at 10-1.
And to commence the predominant card, veteran middleweight title challenger Marvin Vettori (18-5-1 MMA, 8-4-1 UFC) fights Roman Dolidze (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC). Vettori almost about is a 3-1 well-liked at the making a wager window, nonetheless he finest has a 6-5 lead within the picks.
In the MMA Junkie consensus picks, Usman (59 p.c), Fiziev (52 p.c), Nelson (62 p.c), O’Neill (73 p.c) and Vettori (59 p.c) are the alternatives.
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