The UFC presents UFC 278 coming live from the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, August 20. The main event features the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman will make his sixth defense of the title against No. 2 ranked contender Leon Edwards.
The early preliminary card starts at 6:00 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass. The preliminary card is next up at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+. The big show gets started at 10:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV.
In the main event, it’s Usman (20-1) making another defense of his welterweight title. “The Nigerian Nightmare” continues to prove that he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He has multiple wins over top contenders Colby Covington, Jorge Masvidal and a knockout win over Gilbert Burns on his resume. His name is mentioned among Matt Hughes and Georges St. Pierre as the greatest welterweight champion in UFC history.
Edwards (19-3) has been a longtime contender for the title, but got passed up several times due to injuries and a failure to have a signature win on his resume. Edwards is 9-0-1 in his last ten fights with wins against former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and Nate Diaz during that stretch. His last loss came against Usman, by a unanimous decision on December 19, 2015.
Usman is -350 betting favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook. Edwards is betting as a +290 underdog. The co-feature is former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold returning to the octagon in over three years to take on contender Paulo Costa.
UFC 278: Usman vs. Edwards main card, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+ PPV
- Main Event: Kamaru Usman C (-350) vs #2 Leon Edwards (+290), welterweight title
- Co-Main Event: #6 Paulo Costa (-300) vs Luke Rockhold (+250), middleweight
- #3 José Aldo (+105) vs #6 Merab Dvalishvili (-125), bantamweight
- #11 Marcin Tybura (+290) vs #13 Alexander Romanov (-350), heavyweight
- Tyson Pedro (-740) vs Harry Hunsucker (+540), light heavyweight
Preliminary card, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN+
- Leonardo Santos (+240) vs Jared Gordon (-285), lightweight
- Yanan Wu (+120) vs Lucie Pudilová (-140), women’s bantamweight
- Sean Woodson (-315) vs Luis Saldana (+260), featherweight
- Miranda Maverick (n/a) vs. Shanna Young (n/a), women’s flyweight
Early preliminary card, 6 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass
- AJ Fletcher (-150) vs Ange Loosa (+130), welterweight
- #11 Amir Albazi (-390) vs Francisco Figueiredo (+320), flyweight
- Aori Qileng (-165) vs Jay Perrin (+140), bantamweight
- Daniel da Silva (+155) vs Victor Altamirano (-180), flyweight