Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the pay-per-view (PPV) Business later TONIGHT (Sat., Aug. 20, 2022) from inside Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Headlining the occasion might be a Welterweight title combat between division kingpin, Kamaru Usman, taking on Leon Edwards. In the co-main occasion, Luke Rockhold will battle Paulo Costa, whereas Jose Aldo and Merab Dvalishvili collide in a Bantamweight affair one combat prior.
How To Watch/Stream UFC 278
Start Time (United States)
- ESPN+ PPV essential card: 10p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT start on ESPN+ (order it right here).
- “Prelims” undercard (late): 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT start, streaming Online through ESPN+ and simulcast on ABC and ESPN within the United States.
- “Prelims” undercard (early): 6:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT start, streaming Online through ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass.
In the absence of Jon Jones, Usman has managed to take over the No. 1 spot on the pound-for-pound checklist because of his dominance over the division. And rightfully so, Usman has but to style defeat contained in the Octagon, successful all 15 of his fights with the promotion thus far, extending his win streak to 19 straight. One of these wins came visiting Edwards, the person he is set to face tonight in Salt Lake City. The two males initially threw down in 2015 in what was Usman’s second combat contained in the Octagon and Edwards’ fourth. Since that loss, nevertheless, Edwards has but to expertise defeat, successful 9 straight and one combat being dominated “No Contest” after a watch poke put a halt to his combat towards Belal Muhammad. For Edwards, it appears his street to the title combat was a slightly lengthy and arduous one, taking him greater than seven years to lastly get to the massive dance. Now that he’s right here, he is out to take advantage of it.
When it involves the combat itself, they’re considerably evenly matched on the toes, however in terms of the wrestling division, Usman has “Rocky” lined. If it goes to the mat, “The Nigerian Nightmare” may very effectively cruise his strategy to a unanimous resolution victory. But, as he has proven in previous fights, he prefers to stand-and-bang to point out off his ever-improving putting. And he’s finished effectively towards among the finest, together with Jorge Masvidal (twice), Colby Covington (twice) Gilbert Burns, and Tyron Woodley. Edwards isn’t precisely identified for his knockout energy — he has two technical (knockout) wins contained in the Octagon — however he does have crisp and tight boxing that helps him get to the winner’s circle. So, if he desires a shot at successful the belt and getting revenge on Usman, he has to maintain the combat standing, it actually is his solely likelihood. And it’s not an incredible one, at that, as a result of Usman has improved in that division in every combat.
A late line up change promoted Wu Yanan and Lucie Pudilova to the PPV essential card. It was a shocking transfer to say the least because it meant that the massive man showdown between Marcin Tybura and Alexandr Romanov was despatched right down to the “Prelims.” Plus, it’s not like Wu has been setting the fight world on fireplace. On the opposite, she has misplaced three straight and is 1-4 contained in the Octagon. As for Pudilova, she is 5-1 in her final six fights, although they’ve taken place exterior of UFC. In her most up-to-date run, she went 0-4 with the promotion.
Original Card Vs. Actual Card:
Shanna Young was in line to face Miranda Maverick in a ladies’s Flyweight combat this night earlier than she was hospitalized the day earlier than weigh ins due to weight-cutting problems.
Jake Hadley was pressured out of his scheduled bout towards Victor Altamirano with an undisclosed harm. He was changed by Daniel Lacerda, who has but to win contained in the Octagon in two makes an attempt.
No newcomers at this occasion.
How The ‘Prelims’ Look:
In the Heavyweight division, Marcin Tybura will take on Alexandr Romanov. Tybura, ranked No. 11, is coming off a loss to Alexander Volkov at UFC 267, which snapped his five-fight win streak. It was a troublesome blow for Tyubra, who appeared to be on the cusp of breaking into the Top 10. He can have a tall process if he desires to get again into the win column as a result of he’ll take on an undefeated monster who is excellent (16-0, 5-0) contained in the Octagon
Qileng Aori lastly broke via and received his first UFC combat when he defeated Cameron Else earlier this 12 months. Prior to that, he had misplaced his two fights with the promotion, placing him on skinny ice. Now that he has a brand new lease on his fight life, he hopes to make it two straight when he battles Jay Perrin, who suffered a loss in his UFC debut towards Mario Bautista just a few months again.
Winner of three straight — two contained in the Octagon — Amir Albazi has impressed to this point throughout his brief stint with the promotion. He has a troublesome take a look at towards Francisco Figueiredo, who is 2-1 contained in the Octagon and is hoping to achieve some extra momentum to sooner or later attain the degrees his brother — Deiveson Figueiredo — has been in a position to.
In a enjoyable Welterweight collision, A.J. Fletcher will look to get again within the win column after he suffered the primary lack of his combined martial arts (MMA) profession in his UFC debut towards Matthew Semelsberger. The hulking 170-pounder will take on Ange Loosa, who additionally got here up brief in his UFC debut towards Mounir Lazzez. Both want a win within the worse manner in the event that they wish to stick with the promotion.
Also, Jared Gordon will battle Leonardo Santos — loser of two straight within the Lightweight division — whereas Gordon will try to earn a visit again to the winner’s circle after he suffered a loss by the hands of Grant Dawson three months in the past.
Who (*278*) A Win Badly:
Rockhold will make his long-awaited return to motion to face off towards Costa. Rockhold hasn’t competed since July 2019 at UFC 239, the place he was knocked out by former Light Heavyweight champion, Jan Blachowicz, in his lone combat at 205 kilos. Now that he’s again at 185 kilos, the previous division champion is out to attain his first victory in additional than 5 years. He is presently using a two-fight shedding streak and is simply 1-3 since 2016. He has a really exhausting combat in entrance of him towards Costa, who is additionally using a two-fight skid into the combat after shedding to Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori. Both males want wins right here to forestall falling additional down the pecking order, but when Rockhold loses his third straight, we would see him take one other prolonged hiatus … if not for good. This is an incredible match up for each males that might function a catalyst for the winner shifting ahead within the stacked Middleweight division. Rockhold has been letting out all of his frustrations towards UFC this week, which apparently didn’t sit effectively with the promotion. If Rockhold doesn’t get the win, he might be on his manner out, which might be what he desires.
Interest Level: 8/10
Since shedding to Petr Yan at UFC 251, Jose Aldo has been on a tear, successful three straight fights over Marlon Vera, Pedro Munhoz and Rob Font. His run has been adequate to earn him the No. 3 spot within the Bantamweight division. One extra win may very effectively set him up for a shot on the title. But, he has a really stiff take a look at in entrance of him as a result of Merab Dvalishvilli, ranked No. 6, hasn’t misplaced in 4 years. He is presently on a seven-fight win streak so he has a ton of momentum behind him. Aldo loves to face and bang, however Dvalsivhili isn’t afraid of a canine combat and may hold with the very best of them on the toes. He is additionally an incredible Sambo technician, which implies if he will get up shut and private with Aldo, it received’t finish effectively for the dwelling legend. This is a giant likelihood for each males to show they’re deserving of a championship combat. For Aldo, it may very effectively be his final likelihood to earn a title combat, in addition to make Drake a bit extra richer.
In the Light Heavyweight division, Tyson Pedro will try to win his first back-to-back fights since 2017 when he battles Harry Hunsucker, who is in determined want of a win since he has gone 0-2 in his first two fights with the promotion.
Overall, we have now an excellent evening of fights. The rematch ought to be fireplace and if Edwards can convey it once more like he did within the first combat towards “The Nigerian Nightmare,” we may have an upset to look ahead to. That mentioned, Usman has been firing on all cylinders so the person who beats him should be excellent.
Plus, we get to see if a “scared” Rockhold has made the mandatory changes to get his MMA profession again on observe. He’s been speaking an excellent recreation all week, now he has to again all of it up towards a harmful Middleweight who is searching for some redemption of his personal after dropping his final two fights. Costa wants an excellent displaying right here as a result of another loss will ship him tumbling down the rankings, although it’s protected to say he received’t get minimize.
Enjoy the fights!
Full UFC 278 Fight Card:
UFC 278 PPV Main Event On ESPN+ PPV:
170 lbs.: UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards
UFC 278 PPV Main Card On ESPN+ PPV:
185 lbs.: Paulo Costa vs. Luke Rockhold
135 lbs.: Jose Aldo vs. Merab Dvalishvili
135 lbs.: Wu Yanan vs. Lucie Pudilova
205 lbs.: Tyson Pedro vs. Harry Hunsucker
UFC 278 ABC/ESPN/ESPN+ ‘Prelims’ Under Card:
265 lbs.: Marcin Tybura vs. Alexandr Romanov
155 lbs.: Leonardo Santos vs. Jared Gordon
145 lbs.: Luis Saldana vs. Sean Woodson
125 lbs.: Miranda Maverick vs. Shanna Young— CANCELED (full particulars right here)
UFC 278 Fight Pass/ESPN/ESPN+ ‘Prelims’ Under Card:
170 lbs.: A.J. Fletcher vs. Ange Loosa
125 lbs.: Amir Albazi vs. Francisco Figueiredo
135 lbs.: Aori Qileng vs. Jay Perrin
125 lbs.: Victor Altamirano vs. Daniel Da Silva
*Fight card, bout order and variety of fights stay topic to vary.*
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