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The Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman finale for UFC 286 in London.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – AUGUST 19: (L-R) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria and Leon Edwards of Jamaica face off during a weigh-in at the UFC 278 ceremony at Vivint Arena on August 19, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Josh. Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

It’s official: Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman is your UFC 286 lead star for March.

At a press conference after the UFC Vegas 67 fight on Saturday, UFC president Dana White confirmed to media outlets, including the Cageside Pres, that the Pay-Per-View will be headlined by champion welterweight Edwards (20-3, 1NC) and former Pound Sterling. per pound, number one, Usman (20-2)

The card is scheduled to take place on March 18 at the O2 Arena in the British capital. With multiple matches already confirmed for the promised phenomenon.

Leon Edwards will try to impress on his opponent Kamaru Usman just like last time away. He took the title away from him in their second fight with the blazing fire of one of their greatest comebacks.

Rumors swirled late last year that this trilogy battle wouldn’t come to fruition, or at least it hasn’t happened yet. On December 29, Usman was helping promote an event in Nigeria. his home country It depicts him holding a crutch in his hand.

After losing to Edwards in August at UFC 277, Usman underwent surgery on his hand, which leaves it unclear when this trilogy will take place.

Dana White didn’t just confirm that the main event was official. He also confirmed that this event already has a joint main event. That’s because No. 3 lightweight Justin Gaethje will face Azerbaijani Muay Thai specialist and No. 6 fighter Rafael Fiziev.

Gaethje and Usman both train under Elevation head coach Trevor Wittman in Colorado.

Negotiations have been closed since late last year, however both had nose surgery and talks have stalled.

Now that it’s a done deal, Gaethje also confirmed the booking on Saturday.

Dana White said after UFC Vegas 67, “I’m telling you guys, Leon Edwards and Usman are over, and Gaethje and Fiziev are the co-main event for the fight in London. The battle between the two is over.”

UFC 286 at the O2 Arena on March 18, 2023 featured the following reported matchups:

  • Leon Edwards (c) vs. Kamaru Usman – for the UFC Welterweight Championship
  • Justin Gaethje vs. Rafael Fiziev
  • Marvin Valtori vs. Roman Dolidze
  • Nathaniel Wood vs. Leron Murphy
  • Joanne Wood and Luana Carolina
  • Malcolm Gordon vs. Jake Hadley
  • Jennifer Maia with Casey O’Neill
  • Jai Herbert vs. Udovit Kline
  • Daniel Rodriguez vs Gunnar Nelson
  • Chris Duncan vs Michal Figlak
  • Veronica Macedo and Juliana Miller

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