UFC 286 odds, predictions, start time, fight card: MMA insider makes Edwards vs. Usman 3 picks, best bets

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Welterweight champion Leon Edwards says he’s moved by the massive outpouring of support he has received in advance of his matchup Saturday against Kamaru Usman in the main event of UFC 286. Their trilogy showdown highlights the main UFC 286 fight card (5 p.m. ET) from the O2 Arena in London. Edwards has long been one of the promotion’s top fighters, but his risk-averse style has led to a limited fan base, even in his home country. However, Edwards told the media this week that he has seen nonstop support from fans ahead of his third matchup with Usman, the longtime former champion who lost his belt to Edwards last August.

Usman is a -260 favorite (risk $260 to win $100), while Edwards comes back at +210 in the latest UFC 286 odds for Edwards vs. Usman 3. The co-main event features a showdown between explosive lightweight contenders with Rafael Fiziev (-235) taking on Justin Gaethje (+195). Before making any UFC 286: Edwards vs. Usman 3 picks, make sure you see the MMA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine expert Daniel Vithlani.

Vithlani is a highly analytical UFC bettor who profited more than $6,200 for $100 bettors in 2022. This includes a documented 24-14 record on his well-respected, two-leg parlays. Every pick was documented on his public Instagram account.

From breaking down film and following fighters and their camps closely, to tracking sharp action and betting market signals, Vithlani covers the breadth of the MMA betting landscape top to bottom. He also trains amateur boxers and speaks regularly with MMA fighters to understand the sport’s nuances.

In his SportsLine debut at UFC 283 in January, Vithlani swept the main card and his 5-0 record included advising SportsLine members to back Jamahal Hill (-125) against Glover Teixeira (+105) for the vacant light heavyweight title in the main event. Anyone who has followed him has seen massive returns.

Now, with UFC 286: Edwards vs. Usman 3 in sight, Vithlani has scoured the fight card top to bottom for value and released his top MMA picks. You can only see who to back at SportsLine.

UFC 286: Edwards vs. Usman 3 preview 

Edwards (20-3-1) gets his first title defense in his home country before adoring fans in a venue that is known to host some of the most enthusiastic crowds in UFC history. The new champion is finally seeing some of the respect he believes is long overdue, but his persistence has finally paid off.

Edwards has gone 12-2-1 in 15 UFC appearances, but his rise came to little fanfare in large part because his highly technical style led mostly to decision victories as opposed to the highlight-reel knockouts most fans prefer. In fact, his knockout of Usman was just the second stoppage of his UFC career.

The 31-year-old British fighter was regularly overlooked for high-profile opportunities that went to arguably less-qualified contenders. For instance, challengers such as Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal got two title shots against Usman before Edwards finally landed his first.

Edwards lost a decision to Usman in their first meeting and their title bout appeared headed in the same direction. The former champion looked stronger and was the clear aggressor, leading most observers to believe he had handily won the first four rounds.

The fifth round involved more of the same, and Usman (20-2) was essentially coasting toward another dominant title defense. But he appeared to lose focus for a split second and Edwards unleashed a kick that caught Usman square in the temple and knocked him out cold.

Now, Usman is determined to recapture the welterweight crown, while Edwards is motivated to show his victory wasn’t a fluke. You can see who Vithlani is backing at SportsLine.

Top UFC 286 picks

We’ll share one of Vithlani’s UFC 286 selections here: He is backing Jennifer Maia (+155) to pull the mild upset of Casey O’Neill (-180) in a clash of women’s flyweight contenders on the main card.

O’Neill (9-0) is a versatile fighter who has three knockouts and two submissions on her record. The 25-year-old British fighter has quickly emerged as a fan favorite because of her straight-forward style and willingness to face any opponent. She won a tight decision against veteran Roxanne Modafferi in her last appearance.

Maia (20-9-1) is a Brazilian grappling specialist and five-year UFC veteran who has challenged for the flyweight title. The 34-year-old came up short against former champion Valentina Shevchenko in her November 2020 title bid. Her last fight resulted in a decision win over Maryna Munoz in November.

“O’Neill may be the more dangerous fighter, but Maia is more savvy. She has the ability to win rounds behind her jab and her movement, or use her grappling where she is highly skilled. Give me the underdog,” Vithlani told SportsLine. You can see more picks at SportsLine.

How to make UFC 286 picks

Vithlani has strong picks for Edwards vs. USman and other bouts on the UFC 286 card. He’s also backing a fighter who “is one of the most dangerous strikers in UFC” to emerge with a dominant victory. Those picks are only available at SportsLine. 

Who wins Edwards vs. Usman at UFC 286? And how exactly does each fight end? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed picks on every fight at UFC 286, all from the MMA expert who profited more than $6,200 in 2022, and find out. 

UFC 286 odds, fight card

See full UFC 286 picks, predictions, best bets here.
Kamaru Usman (-260) vs. Leon Edwards (+210)
Rafael Fiziev (-235) vs. Justin Gaethje (+195)
Gunnar Nelson (-380) vs. Bryan Barberena (+300)
Casey O’Neill (-180) vs. Jennifer Maia (+155)
Marvin Vettori (-285) vs. Roman Dolidze (+230)
Jack Shore (-500) vs. Makwan Amirkhani (+375)
Omar Morales (–110) vs. Chris Duncan (-110)
Sam Patterson (-285) vs. Yanal Ashmoz (+230)
Muhammad Mokaev (-900) vs. Jafel Filho (+600)
Lerone Murphy (-180) vs. Gabriel Santos (+160)
Joanne Wood (-180) vs. Luana Carolina (+160)
Ludovit Klein (-195) vs. Jai Herbert (+165)

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