See what’s happening at the weigh-ins ahead of UFC 286.
The UFC is in the UK this weekend with UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards hoping to make a successful first title defense while on home soil. His challenger will be the man he took the belt from, Kamaru Usman.
This is a trilogy fight for Edwards and Usman. They met at the beginning of their Octagon careers, with Usman getting the best of ‘Rocky’ on that occasion. Edwards hasn’t lost since then.
The co-main event for this one is guaranteed to entertain with Justin Gaethje facing Rafael Fiziev in the lightweight division. The PPV also features an important middleweight showdown between Marvin Vettori and Roman Dolidze. Popular Icelander Gunnar Nelson is also on the main card, taking on ultimate spoiler Bryan Barbarena. Rounding out the main card is Scotland’s Case O’Neill against former title challenger Jennifer Maia.
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The opening is headlined by Jack Shore vs. Makwan Amirkhani. This and the early heats are mostly showcase matches for up and coming British talent. The most highly regarded of these British prospects is unbeaten Mohammad Mokaev, who faces Jafel Filho.
Before these matches take place, however, everyone must weigh in. And Edwards and Usman need to be careful to make sure they don’t weigh a single pound over 170 (lest their title hopes stall).
The official weighing must take place at 4:45 ET. You can see them right here:
Usman and Edwards have both weighed in, making their title bout official:
The ceremonial weighing takes place at 2 p.m. ET.
Main Card (ESPN+ PPV at 5 p.m. ET)
Leon Edwards (170) vs. Kamaru Usman (170)
Justin Gaethje (156) vs. Rafael Fiziev (156)
Gunnar Nelson (170) vs. Bryan Barberena (171)
Jennifer Maia (126) vs. Casey O’Neill (125)
Marvin Vettori (185.5) vs. Roman Dolidze (186)
Preliminary Card (ESPNews / ESPN+ 3 p.m. ET)
Jack Shore (146) vs. American Week (146)
Chris Duncan (156) vs. Omar Morales (156)
Sam Patterson (155.5) vs. Lateral Ashmoz (155)
Muhammad Mokaev (126) vs. Jafel Filho (125.5)
Preliminary Card (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass 1 p.m. ET)
Lerone Murphy (145.5) vs. Gabriel Santos (145.5)
Christian Leroy Duncan (185.5) vs. Dusko Todorovic (186)
Malcolm Gordon (129.5)* vs. Jake Hadley (126)
Joanne Wood (126) vs. Luana Carolina (126)
Jai Herbert (156) vs. Ludovit Klein (156)
Juliana Miller (125.5) vs. Veronica Hardy (125.5)
Main event backup: Colby Covington (170)
*Gordon lost weight, loses 30 percent of his wallet
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