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UFC 286 Results: Edwards vs Usman 3



Rematch of Edwards vs Usman Headlines UFC’s Third Visit to London in a Year

UFC returns to London for the third time in 12 months on Saturday, March 18, with a rematch of one of the most exhilarating fights of 2022. The O2 hosts once again as British UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards headlines the card against No. 1 ranked Kamaru Usman in a trilogy bout. In the co-main, No. 3 contender Justin Gaethje faces off against No. 6 ranked Rafael Fiziev in a lightweight battle.

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How to Watch UFC 286

UFC 286: Edwards vs Usman 3 Early Prelims kickoff Saturday, March 18 at 1pm ET / 10am PT in the United States on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass. The Prelims air at 3pm ET / 12pm PT on ESPN News and the Main Card will air exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S. at 5pm ET / 2pm PT.

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Veronica Hardy Returns to UFC with Win against TUF 30 Champ Juliana Miller

Fighting for the first time in more than three years, Veronica Hardy picked up her first UFC win since August 2019 in Saturday’s opener, out-hustling TUF 30 winner Juliana Miller.

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Hardy had a clear experience advantage and relied on it throughout the fight, punishing Miller on the feet and taxing her opponent every time she looked to get the fight to the canvas and chase submissions. Her pace remained quick throughout, and she landed her best shot of the fight late in the contest, blasting Miller with a high kick with just over a minute remaining in the contest.

Ludovit Klein and Jai Herbert in Inadvertent Low Blow-Plagued Lightweight Scrap

A competitive lightweight scrap between Ludovit Klein and Jai Herbert turned on a pair of inadvertent low blows resulting in a point deduction against Herbert in the final round.

Herbert did well off his back in the opening frame, hurting Klein with upkicks, punches, and elbows that opened up a cut over the left eye of the Slovakian. In the second, Klein responded by making sharp adjustments and taking the fight to Herbert to draw level. A second borderline low blow from Herbert prompted referee Rich Mitchell to dock the British veteran a point in the third, which spurred Herbert into action, as he dominated the round from that point forward.

Joanne Wood and Luana Carolina’s Shot-for-Shot Bout on Prelims

Joanne Wood and Luana Carolina went shot-for-shot for 15 minutes on Saturday’s prelims, with the Scottish veteran starting well and her Brazilian counterpart finding her footing and growing into the fight as it progressed.

Wood was the more technical of the two throughout, doing good work in the clinch and on the breaks, creating a massive mouse under the right eye of Carolina over the course of the contest, but “Dread” certainly had positive moments of her own. Her left hand was sharp over the final two rounds and caused Wood trouble, but the former Ultimate Fighter contestant was able to respond in kind and crank up the impact of her offence down the stretch.

Jake Hadley Takes Advantage of Malcolm Gordon’s Weight Struggle in First-Round Stoppage

Jake Hadley knew Malcolm Gordon struggled to make weight, and he went out and took advantage of that on Saturday, collecting a first-round stoppage win over the Canadian veteran.

The British Contender Series graduate stung Gordon with a body shot right out of the chute and continued to go back to that well in the clinch. A pair of digging left hands caused Gordon to crumble to the canvas, sending Hadley into celebration mode and the fans in attendance into hysterics.

Christian Leroy Duncan Wins Debut with First-Round Stoppage

It’s not the way Christian Leroy Duncan wanted to win his promotional debut, but the former Cage Warriors middleweight champ comes away with a first-round stoppage win after Dusko Todorovic suffered a knee injury early in the first round.

Duncan looked good on the feet in the initial exchanges, switching stances well. As they two clinched and circled off the fence, Todorovic’s knee buckled and he crumpled to the canvas, bringing the fight to an immediate halt.

Lerone Murphy Comes Out on Top of Barnburner against Gabriel Santos

Featherweights Lerone Murphy and Gabriel Santos closed out the early preliminary card slate with a barnburner.

From the jump, the pair got after it, no quarter asked and none given, with each man responding almost immediately when the other would land. Murphy seemed to land the higher impact blows on the feet, but Santos did well whenever the fight hit the canvas, threatening with submissions in each of the first two rounds. In the third, Murphy pulled away on the feet, his gas tank holding up better than his late-notice replacement.

Muhammad Mokaev Shines in Gutsy Submission Win

The lights went out in The O2 Arena before the fight and once they came back on, Muhammad Mokaev continued to shine, securing his fourth consecutive UFC win with an incredibly gutsy third-round submission win.

Mokaev successfully put Filho on the canvas in all three rounds, controlling him on the deck for solid stretches. But the biggest moment of the fight came midway through the final stanza, when Filho attacked kneebar and appeared to have Mokaev dead to rights. Despite his knee being bent at a gruesome angle, the 22-year-old refused to tap, scrambled back to his feet, secured the takedown, and found the finish.

Yanal Ashmouz Welcomed to UFC with Explosive KO

Welcome to the UFC, Yanal Ashmouz!

“The Red Fox” planted a left hook on Sam Patterson’s temple that sent the towering Englishman to the Shadow Realm as he fell to the canvas, and from there, Ashmouz chased him to the canvas and pounded out the finish.

Chris Duncan Grinds out First Octagon Victory against Omar Morales in Competitive Contest

Newcomer Chris Duncan and roster mainstay Omar Morales engaged in a competitive cat-and-mouse contest in the penultimate preliminary card fight of the evening, with “The Problem” grinding out a win in his first foray into the Octagon.

The second half of the opening stanza became a bit of a slugfest, with each man tagging the other and enjoying the back-and-forth exchanges. Over the final two rounds, Morales had more success in space, battering Duncan’s lead leg,



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