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Leon Edwards defends his UFC welterweight strap for the first time tonight against the man he won it from – Kamaru Usman. When the pair faced off last August, Edwards came from behind to finish Usman with a last-gasp head kick at the death, becoming only the second British UFC champion in the process.
UFC 286 kicks off at 5pm with the early prelims which are scheduled to be followed by the prelims at 7pm. The main card is then set to begin at 9pm. Edwards vs Usman can then be expected at around 10.30pm.
Live stream/TV channel
The event will be pay-per-view in the UK and will be shown on BT Sport Box Office for £19.95. Their action begins at 7pm while the early prelims can be viewed via UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 286 can be live-streamed on all good internet-connected devices through the broadcasters app and website.
Leon Edwards vs Kamaru Usman – UFC welterweight title fight
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Edwards on differing mentalities: “Our mentalities are in two different places. I feel like he’s on his way out, I’ll open that door for him and give him the path to follow his fashion dreams and wherever he wants to go. I think he’s already got one – something’s out the door and I am going to add to that. Whether he retires after or not, it’s up to him.”
Edwards on Usman criticising his gas tank: “I know Kamaru, he’s using that as, ‘Oh yeah, he was tired in the fight.’ Whether I was tired or not, you got knocked out, and that’s it. So, at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.
“Even though I was tired, he couldn’t hurt me. I wasn’t hurt. It was more of a fatigue issue. He was whaling at my gloves and I was catching it all on my gloves. Even on my worst day, I defeated him. He’s improved from when we’ve first fought, but so have I.”
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