On Saturday, London will host the 286th Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) tournament. An invincible Briton of Dagestan descent. RIA Novosti Sport is announcing one of the main events of the spring.
When: March 18;
Where: stadium “O2 Arena”, London (England);
Start of the tournament: 20:00 Moscow time;
Broadcasting: UFC Fight Pass / public TV (from 00:00 Moscow time).
Edwards – Osman III
welterweight championship fight
In August, the dominant UFC heavyweight champion, Kamaru Usman, who was number one regardless of weight class (P4P), made his sixth defense. A lot was at stake, not just the title: Had it been successful, Nigerian Nightmare would have earned a record, 16th consecutive UFC victory (same as legendary Brazilian Anderson “Spider” Silva). Hold on to Usman for a minute, the athlete might refer to himself as one of the greatest in mixed martial arts history.
But he couldn’t stand it. Taking the second, third and fourth rounds in the “championship” against the mentally collapsed Briton Leon “Rocky” Edwards in the octagon, the champion slowed in anticipation of a historic record. He then passed out with a unique kick just below his chin.
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And now, the expected completion of the trilogy (Usman won unanimously in 2015). Surviving the nightmare in Salt Lake City, Kamaru painstakingly reminds MMA fans of the course of the second fight and the accidental knockout, while Leon, who hasn’t lost 11 fights, believes in himself and has high hopes for his hometown.
“Knockouts affect fighters in different ways. How old is Usman now, 35 or 36? He wants to come out after the knockout and fight the same guy who knocked him out – let’s see what the results are. This will be his first fight. In someone’s backyard, because the tournament will take my hometown. I’ve never lost in the UK, I use the crowd as energy! I can’t imagine Usman coming out and beating me,” Edwards quotes MMA Junkie.
Odds: 1.3 and 3.2 not in favor of current UFC champion.
Getzhi – Fiziev
Application “fight of the year” according to fans and experts. American Justin Gaethje, who returned from his second defeat in the championship fight, and Rafael Fiziev, who has a six-game winning streak, have 14 doubles for two. He’s also number three and six in the promotion’s best lightweights for his explosive attacking style and knockout power. 27 finishes for two! In general, there will be a fire in the octagon – the probability of the fight lasting all 15 minutes tends to zero.
“He’s so smart and I’m one of the most amazing guys to ever get in the cage. This fight is definitely going to be the best fight of the year! Fiziev is young and hungry, it reminds me of deep waters and drowning there,” Highlight quoted by BJ Penn.
Fiziev intends “tear out the heartFrom the US representative.
Odds: Azerbaijani opens as favourite – 2.9 vs 1.4 in Gatji.
Vettori – Dolidze
Following Georgian MMA star Merab Dvalishvili, who confidently defeated Russia’s Petr Yan last weekend, his compatriot Roman Dolidze will try to get closer to his chance at the title. The latter is in a great streak of four wins (three early) and is now preparing for the main challenge of his career. After all, a Batumi will face former competitor Marvin Vettori from Italy, who is number four in the rating, having lost twice in his last four matches.
If he is successful on Saturday, Dolidze, who is in the ninth place, will enter the top 5 in the ratings and will come very close to the candidate struggle.
Odds: 2.8 for Italian and 1.4 for Georgian.
Mokaev – Filho
The Russians will also have someone to follow in London. As part of the front card, undefeated Briton of Dagestan origin Mohammed Mokaev, who has won three UFC victories, will enter the cage.
Now a member of the top 15 volleyball division is on his way to a fourth victory: Next up is Brazilian Zhafel Filho, the league’s first player who will try to take on the Punisher’s challenge with his good Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills.
Odds: 6.9 vs. less than 1.1. Filho has no chance.
Full UFC 286 card
Leon Edwards – Kamaru Usman
Justin Gaethje – Rafael Fiziev;
Gunnar Nelson – Brian Barbarena;
Jennifer Maya – Cassie O’Neill
Marvin Vettori – Roman Dolidze.
Jack Shore – Makvan Amirkhani;
Chris Duncan – Omar Morales
Sam Patterson – Lateral Ashmoz
Mohammed Mokaev – Jafel Filho;
Leron Murphy – Gabriel Santos
Christian Duncan – Dusko Todorovic;
Jake Hadley – Malcolm Gordon
Joanne Calderwood – Loana Carolina
Jai Herbert – Ludovit Kline
Juliana Miller – Veronica Macedo.
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