UFC 286: Edwards Vs. Usman 3 Preliminary And Undercard Live Results, Recaps: Gaethje Outworks Fiziev In Co-Main Event

The welterweight championship rubber match between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards is set to take place on Saturday, 18th March 2023, as the main event of UFC 286.

In their previous encounter, Usman had a dominant performance but Edwards managed to secure a knockout victory with a head kick in the last minute of the fifth round, thus ending Usman’s lengthy reign as the champion.

Although Usman has dominated in their two previous encounters, winning nearly every moment of both fights, it is the Edwards head kick that left a lasting impression and stands out as the defining moment in their rivalry.

As for the co-main event of the evening, Justin Gaethje will strive to uphold his standing as one of the top lightweight fighters in UFC as he faces off against Rafael Fiziev, an up-and-coming talent.

The battle is anticipated to be a thrilling spectacle of non-stop action, featuring two powerful strikers capable of finishing the fight in an instant.

The preliminary fights include exciting matchups too. Gunnar Nelson, who is skilled in submission, is returning to compete against the aggressive Bryan Barberena.

Meanwhile, the event begins with a significant fight in the middleweight category, as former title challenger Marvin Vettori faces off against the up-and-coming fighter Roman Dolidze.

The early preliminaries are scheduled to start at 5pm UK time, followed by the preliminaries at 7pm, and the main card at 9pm.

Follow the Live Results, Recaps, and Highlights below, provided by FIGHT SPORTS


Live Results: Main Card 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT on ESPN+ PPV


Co-Main Event: Justin Gaethje vs Rafael Fiziev– UFC Lightweight Division

Fiziev began the fight strongly by targeting Gaethje’s legs as the American started slowly. However, Gaethje picked up the pace midway through the round and landed some effective overhand rights. Gaethje ended the round strongly.

During the fight, Gaethje accidentally poked his opponent in the eye which led to some difficulties. However, both fighters quickly resumed their intense exchange of punches and are now executing their combinations skillfully. 

With barely anything to split between them, Gaethje  came out victorious.

Official result: Justin Gaethje def. Rafael Fiziev by majority decision (29-28 x2, 28-28)

Gunnar Nelson vs Bryan Barberena-Welterweight

Nelson managed to take Barberena down and attempted to submit him, but Barberena defended himself well. Suddenly, Nelson surprised him by applying an armbar, forcing Barberena to submit. This resulted in a first-round victory for ‘Gunnar.’

Gaethje and Fiziev both went for big hits. Gaethje managed to tag Fiziev, but then he gets hit hard and was momentarily stunned. Later, Gaethje landed a significant hit after breaking out of a clinch.

Gunnar Nelson def. Bryan Barberena via submission (Armbar) 4:51, round 1

Jennifer Maia vs Casey O’Neill-flyweight

O’Neill landed some effective body kicks in the beginning of the fight, while Maia proved to be a strong opponent and kept up with O’Neill’s strikes. The start of the fight was even, making it difficult to determine a clear winner for the round.

At this point in the fight, Maia seemed to be dictating the speed and tempo. Despite repeatedly using the same attack, O’Neill was not making much headway.

Maia, on the other hand, managed to land a few solid kicks to her opponent’s legs in the final minute, as Maia came out victorious. 

Official result: Jennifer Maia def. Casey O’Neill via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Marvin Vettori vs Roman Dolidze-middleweight
Dolidze started off strong and caught Vettori’s attention with a quick series of punches. Vettori then landed a solid left hand and low kick, but the action was briefly stopped due to a clash of heads.
By the end of the round, Dolidze had made a good impression and Vettori’s nose was bleeding. In the second round, both fighters resumed their positions without attempting a takedown.


Dolidze appeared to have a slight advantage in striking, while Vettori struggled to keep up. Dolidze landed a strong combination, causing Vettori’s nose to bleed. 

Vettori became more urgent in his approach, as Dolidze appeared to be aware that he was ahead. However, Dolidze was not being reckless as he meticulously dismantled Vettori with his striking.

Vettori managed to land a powerful leg kick that earned a smile from Dolidze, but they continued to fight until the last moment, as Vettori came out victorious.

Official result: Jennifer Maia def. Casey O’Neill via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Live Results: Preliminary Card 7 p.m. UK/ 12 p.m on BT Sport pay-per-view

Jack Shore def. Makwan Amirkhani via submission (rear-naked choke) 4:27, round 2


Chris Duncan def. Omar Morales via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)


Yanal Ashmouz def. Sam Patterson via KO (punches) 1:15, round 1

Muhammad Mokaev def. Jafel Filho via submission (face crank) 4:32, round 3

Live Results: Early Prelims 5 p.m. UK / 10 a.m PT 

Lerone Murphy def. Gabriel Santos via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Christian Leroy Duncan def. Dusko Todorovic via TKO (injury) 1:52, round 1


Jake Hadley def. Malcolm Gordon via TKO (round 1, 1:01)

Joanne Wood def. Luana Carolina via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

Ludovit Klein and Jai Herbert fight to majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)

Veronica Hardy def. Juliana Miller via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

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