Edwards vs Usman – UFC 286 LIVE: Fight updates and undercard results
UFC 286 LIVE: Follow all the action from pre-lims and main card as Leon Edwards takes on Kamaru Usman in HUGE London event with welterweight belt on the line
Follow Sportsmail’s live blog for Leon Edwards vs Kamaru Usman at UFC 286, including full undercard coverage.
Wooooooow, I’m not sure this is the right result but the O2 loves it. Santos will be heartbroken to lose that and those around me thought it was his night too. Perhaps the judges were not impressed by the lack of damage done by Santos on the mat and rewarded the busier Murphy, he’ll take it!
An epic three-rounder but it’s going to be heartbreak for the Brit. Santos’ chin held up well and he was better on the ground too. Murphy is durable as hell and landed some of his best work on the Brazilian but it was the away fighter who seemed to steal rounds. Scorecards incoming.
Santos goes down on the mat to loud boos when he’s been judged to have taken a groin shot. Looked harsh on Murphy who was dominating the round with a heavy hook and a takedown the highlights. Momentum shifted after than, with the Brazilian finding a takedown of his own and then taking the back. Murphy does well to survive but it might have been enough for his opponent to nick the round.
Murphy and Santos go face to face after the final bell and that was a ferocious first round. Santos looks slick and has a chin to go with it, he takes Murphy down twice but the Brit pops back up well both times. He’s eating too many shots and that was close but he probably just about lost the round.
The featured early pre-lim now with Manchester’s Lerone Murphy, who has twice cheated death, coming up against Gabriel Santos, an undefeated Brazilian making his UFC debut.
Murphy is nicknamed ‘Miracle’ because he survived being shot in the face, spitting out the bullets and astonishingly coming away with his life. Then last year he was hit on his bike by a car and rushed to intensive care. In the octagon, he’s looked superb and will be right in the thick of the top 15 rankings if he can get a win tonight.
‘He just collapsed in front of me, I have no clue what happened. I caught him with some stab kicks so it’s possible it set something off but I really wanted to put on a big performance for the O2, it’s a bit of an anti-climax. I’m annoyed I couldn’t put on a performance.
It’s a lively enough opening and Duncan has the better of the early exchanges, landing some nice kicks and dictating the pace. Then out of nowhere, Todorovic collapses in a heap with what looks like a knee ligament injury. He hobbles out and that’s not the way Duncan wanted to get it done, an empty feeling but he moves on.
Christian Duncan makes his debut now and he’s a man with so much potential. How will the man from Gloucestershire fare on the big stage against his meaty Serbian opponent. He’s looked at home during media obligations all week, let’s see if he can carry that serenity into the cage.
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‘I put a lot of guys down in the gym with that shot, I finished him like breakfast. Mokaev took three rounds to beat that guy and I did it in a minute.’
I hardly had a chance to preview this and it’s already over! Hadley, who talked a big game going into this, backed up every word he said. It was a beautiful upper-cut that sent Gordon to the mat and he then polished him off with ground and pound. It took just over one minute for the Birmingham fighter to get it done, that’s lifted the crowd!
Usman and Edwards have been pretty chilled all week but it bubbled up nicely at the final face-offs during Friday’s ceremonial weigh-ins. Usman remains the heavy favourite with bookies to win back his old belt, but as he knows as well as anyone, a fight can end at any second.
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Luana Carolina returned to the site of her catastrophic KO defeat by Molly McCann but didn’t seem to be too badly affected by an spinning-elbow shaped demons. It was a back-and-forth untidy fight with Scotland’s Joanne Wood, which could have taken place in a phone box. Elbows and knees were the order of the day and the judges had their work cut out. Right on the buzzer, Wood landed the shot of the find, sending her opponent crumpling to the canvas. Ultimately, the judges scored it 29-28, 27-30, 29-28 for Wood
Usman wanted this instant rematch the minute he came back to consciousness in Salt Lake City last August, but is he rushing himself back too soon? It was such a heavy KO and British heavyweight star Tom Aspinall reckons there’s a chance his ego is what led to him coming back so quickly…
Jai Herbert was desperate for a win on home turf to back up his victory last year in this same venue but repeated groin strikes saw a point deducted, leading to a majority draw against Ludovit Klein. It was a frantic featherweight encounter, Herbert cutting his man above the eye but sustaining some thudding damage himself. He’d have walked away with the W if those misplaced strikes to the groin hadn’t counted against him.
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Venezuela’s Veronica Hardy coasted to a unanimous 30-27 win in the first early pre-lim. Some heavy hands and the ability to escape Juliana Miller’s attempted submissions saw her run out a comfortable victor.
Edwards and Usman have both risen against the odds and dragged themselves to the very top of the game through adversity – here’s a closer look at both of their fascinating back stories ahead of a third meeting between the pair, with the scores at 1-1.
Six months ago, Leon Edwards sent shockwaves through Kamaru Usman and the MMA world with a perfectly placed shin to the jaw. The Brit’s instantly iconic moment has led us here, to London where he’ll defend the title for the first time against his old foe in their trilogy bout.
Strap in for the long haul because tonight should be electric inside the O2 Arena with plenty to dig into on the pre-lims before the main event later.
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