UFC 286: Lights go out at O2 arena as fight about to begin

Leon Edwards defends his welterweight title against Kamaru Usman tonight, in the main event of UFC 286 at London’s O2 Arena.

Jamaican-born Edwards knocked out Usman in stunning fashion in August, taking the belt from the Nigerian-American to become Britain’s second ever UFC champion.

For Edwards, the result also marked revenge for a points loss to Usman in 2015, meaning tonight’s main event will round out a trilogy between the pair.

In the co-main event, former interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje takes on rising contender Rafael Fiziev, in a fight that is almost guaranteed to steal the show.

Follow live updates and results from UFC 286, below. The event will air live on BT Sport Box Office in the UK and ESPN+ in the US. Click here to subscribe to The Independent’s Sport YouTube channel for all the latest sports videos.


UFC 286 LIVE: Edwards vs Usman

Shore vs Amirkhani – Round 2

A chant of Shore’s name rings around the O2. He gets into side control, then mount, and briefly seems to have a head-and-arm triangle.

Now he has a rear naked choke, and it’s in tight… Amirkhani taps!

Alex Pattle18 March 2023 20:49


UFC 286 LIVE: Edwards vs Usman

Shore vs Amirkhani – Round 2

A solid right hook lands for Shore, who then throws a teep kick to the body. Amirkhani’s face is reddened now.

This is an encouraging spell from Shore, who steps off the angle and lands another right hook. Now a left connects behind the ear of Amirkhani.

The Finn tries a single-leg takedown, but Shore is wise to it. Now the Welshman secures his own takedown, via a body lock!

Alex Pattle18 March 2023 20:47


UFC 286 LIVE: Edwards vs Usman

Shore vs Amirkhani – Round 2

Shore with a decent, short right hand to the head. Amirkhani beckons him on, before slipping while throwing a head kick that is blocked.

Another scramble takes place, before both fighters stand. Shore ducks under a hook and clinches his opponent, throwing a knee in close.

Amirkhani is backed up to the fence but reverses the position before getting free. Shore lands a good head kick in the open! Now he sprawls well to prevent a takedown.

Alex Pattle18 March 2023 20:45


UFC 286 LIVE: Edwards vs Usman

Shore vs Amirkhani – Round 1

There’s a brief armbar attempt from Shore, but he can’t secure the hold. Amirkhani ends the round in control, to the dismay of the O2 crowd.

Alex Pattle18 March 2023 20:42


UFC 286 LIVE: Edwards vs Usman

Shore vs Amirkhani – Round 1

Amirkhani times a takedown well, and he’s straight into half-guard, then full guard.

Shore is holding the Finnish fighter in close, looking to neutralise him. Amirkhani pulls away, and Shore attempts an up kick before a scramble ensues.

Amirkhani is soon back into half-guard.

Alex Pattle18 March 2023 20:41


UFC 286 LIVE: Edwards vs Usman

Shore vs Amirkhani – Round 1

Lots of feints from both fighters early on. Amirkhani stands southpaw.

Shore closes range with a winging right hook, but it’s really a set-up for a body lock.

The Welshman drives his opponent to the fence, but Amirkhani reverses the position.

Eventually the pair move away from the fence and exchange straight punches.

Alex Pattle18 March 2023 20:39


UFC 286 LIVE: Edwards vs Usman

A great reaction for Shore, as the former bantamweight is introduced by Bruce Buffer.

Alex Pattle18 March 2023 20:37


UFC 286 LIVE: Edwards vs Usman

“Seven Nation Army” morphs into Oasis’ “Supersonic”. Smooth.

Alex Pattle18 March 2023 20:35


UFC 286 LIVE: Edwards vs Usman

Now, the final prelim of the night!

Jack Shore takes on “Mr Finland” Makwan Amirkhani, as the Welshman makes his featherweight debut.

Shore emerges to “Seven Nation Army”, to the delight of the London crowd.

Alex Pattle18 March 2023 20:34


UFC 286 LIVE: Edwards vs Usman

Here’s what Muhammad Mokaev had to say about surviving that scary kneebar in his win over Jafel Filho:

Alex Pattle18 March 2023 20:33

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