Leon Edwards defeats Kamara Usman

Ayden Isabella, Sports Writer

UFC 286 is full of technical strikers who are well balanced in every aspect of fighting. The card has some big names on it like Kamara Usman, Leon Edwards, Justin Gaethje, and many more.

The main card is Kamara Usman versus Leon Edwards. This is going to be the third time these two have fought, with both winning one of the two matches they have fought. Their last and most recent fight ended with Usman (favored fighter) being knocked out by a head kick in the 5th round, by Edwards.

Even with Edwards winning the last fight, Usman is still the favored fighter for this 3rd match up. Even though Usman was KO’d by Leon, up until that last round, Usman was winning. During the first fight they had, Usman dominated in that as well.

The fans have made it clear the favored fighter still.

“Usman as the -380 favorite (risk $380 to win $100) in the latest Usman vs. Edwards odds, while Edwards comes back at +300,” says CBS Sports Staff.

The co-main event is also packed with two lethal fighters, Justin Gaethje and Rafael Fiziev. This is going to be a fast fight, so don’t blink. Both of these lightweight fighters bring speed and fight IQ to the table. It’s going to come down to who can use their ground game better.

Justin (23-4) is coming off of an upsetting loss, he is usually the favored fighter, but his last fight cost him his favoritism in this bout, with Rafael being (12-1) he is the favored fight.

The odds of this bout, “Rafael Fiziev -250, Justin Gaethje +200. The only person Justin Gaethje has been this big of an underdog against,” says fans.

There are also two strong women competing against each other in UFC 286. Jennifer Maia (20-9-1) vs Casey O’neil (9-0). Casey has been getting a lot of hype recently, being she’s still an undefeated fighter. There are levels to this fight game that fans just think she’s ready to accomplish already.

These two are well-ranked fighters in their weight class. Jennifer Maia is ranked top 8, and Casey O’neil is ranked top 12.

Given that Casey is an undefeated fighter, she is the favored fighter between the two.

“The winner probabilities are: 39.22% (Jennifer Maia), 63.65% (Casey O’Neill),” according to Oddspedia.

No matter which fighter a person likes UFC 286 is something to tune into March 18th.