The UFC heads to Utah on Saturday, with a rematch between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards that many MMA fans will feel is long overdue.
The two fighters faced each other early in their UFC careers back in 2015. Usman came out on top that evening, but both men have gone on to improve significantly in the intervening years.
So read on to discover how to watch a UFC 278 live stream online with ESPN+ hosting exclusive coverage in the US (opens in new tab).
Watch UFC 278: live stream Usman vs Edwards
Usman is the present welterweight champ and pound-for-pound king of the Octagon, currently enjoying a 19-bout winning streak.
Edwards has been on a similarly impressive victory run of nine straight wins, with his last taste of defeat coming against his opponent here.
Alongside the headline act, UFC 278’s card also features former featherweight champion Jose Aldo’s bantamweight showdown with Merab Dvalishvili as the co-main event.
Follow our guide below as we explain how to live stream UFC 278 and watch Usman vs Edwards and the rest online tonight.
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Usman vs Edwards preview and predictions
Could an upset be on the cards on Saturday?
Leon Edwards has had to wait seven years to get his chance of revenge, and is a now a very different prospect to the fighter that lost to an unanimous decision to Kamaru Usman in Florida back in 2015.
The British fighter has honed a superb takedown defence in the intervening years which could nullify Usman’s main weapon.
Couple that with his impressive striking ability, and it could add up to a new 170-pound champ being crowned on Saturday night.
Who is Kamaru Usman?
Having chalked up 19 straight MMA victories, Kamaru Usman is one of MMA’s best grapplers and took the welterweight crown from Tyron Woodley in 2019 at UFC 235.
While the “Nigerian Nightmare” is known for his floor work, he can punch his way out of trouble when needed, and perfectly illustrated his fists as a means of attack in knockout wins against the likes of Colby Covington, Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal.
Who is Leon Edwards?
Jamaican-born British star Leon Edwards escaped a world of gang violence in Birmingham thanks to MMA.
Making his professional debut at 19, Edwards would eventually sign up with the UFC four years later.
He has since gone on to chalk up 11 wins from 14 fights and a victory on Saturday would see him become Britain’s first champion since Michael Bisping in 2016.
Usman vs Edwards latest odds: who is the favorite to win?
Defending champ Usman is once again the favorite for this rematch, coming in at 1/5 with the majority of bookies, with Edwards marked out at 3/1 to end the Nigerian Nightmare’s 19-fight unbeaten streak.
Usman vs Edwards: recent results
Usman’s last title defence came back in November at UFC 268 with his rematch fight with Colby Covington ending in a unanimous points win for the Nigerian Nightmare after Usman had dropped the challenger twice in quick succession at the end of the second round.
Edwards’ last appearance in the Octagon came at UFC 263 in June last year, with the British fighter claiming a clear points win over Nate Diaz after dominating the first four rounds and most of the fifth.
UFC 278 full card and highlights
Beyond the much anticipated headline act rematch, UFC 278’s co-main event sees the return of former middleweight champ Luke Rockhold in a tasty match up with Paulo Costa.
Veteran Jose Aldo’s trademark takedown defence will meanwhile need to be full force as he takes on up-and-coming wrestling specialist Merab Dvalishvili in a much-anticipated Bantamweight showdown.
Kamaru Usman vs Leon Edwards
Luke Rockhold vs Paulo Costa
Jose Aldo vs Merab Dvalishvili
Marcin Tybura vs Alexandr Romanov
Tyson Pedro vs Harry Hunsucker
Leonardo Santos vs Jared Gordon
Wu Yanan vs Lucie Pudilova
Sean Woodson vs Luis Saldana
Miranda Maverick vs Shanna Young
Early Preliminary Card
A.J. Fletcher vs Ange Loosa
Amir Albazi vs Francisco Figueiredo
Aoriqileng vs Jay Perrin
Daniel Lacerda vs Victor Altamirano
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