UFC 296 will be taking place this weekend in Las Vegas, NV live from the T-Mobile Arena. The five-bout main card gets started at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 16th, and will be highlighted by a welterweight title bout between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington.
There is a co-main flyweight title bout between the champion Alexandre Pantoja and No. 4 Brandon Royval.
Edwards (21-3-0, 1NC) will have his second title defense this weekend when he squares off against Covington. He defended his title in March against Kamaru Usman and validated the first victory he had against him. A win here will start a potential long run for him as champion, but a loss would be deflating as he is just getting started. He is 4-1 in his last five bouts.
Covington (17-3) is hoping that the third time is the charm for him. This will be his third title opportunity in his last five bouts. He lost the first at the hands of Usman, but Edwards will be a different challenge for Covington than Usman. Covington is 3-2 in his last five bouts. Before his first title bout, he ripped off seven straight wins.
Edwards is a -130 betting favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. Covington is currently the betting underdog at +110.
The full event will get started with the early prelims at 6:00 p.m. ET followed by the prelims at 8:00 p.m. The main card for UFC 296 will be live-streamed on ESPN+ PPV, which will cost $79.99 for the full card. The link provides an option for simply buying the card or buying the Disney Plus bundle that includes Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN+.