We're just hours away from one of the biggest nights in British MMA as Leon Edwards headlines an incredible UFC 286 card at London's O2 Arena when he takes on welterweight rival Kamaru Usman, exclusively live on BT Sport Box Office.

"Rocky" Edwards shocked "The Nigerian Nightmare" at UFC 278 in August to snatch the 170lb title, producing one of the most dramatic moments in the history of the promotion to land a fifth-round headkick that brought Usman's imposing reign over the welterweight division to an emphatic end.

UFC 286 - The homecoming

Leon Edwards defends his UFC welterweight crown on British soil against one of the all-time greats, Kamaru Usman! Book your seat now for UFC 286, exclusively live on Saturday 18 March from 6pm on BT Sport Box Office.

Now the 31-year-old is out to prove that was no fluke as he takes to the Octagon inside the iconic O2 with a capacity crowd behind him as he looks to replicate his heroics from Salt Lake City last summer and upset the oddsmakers in his first defence of the 170lb strap.

Who else is fighting at UFC 286?

The co-main event looks like it could already be a fight of the year candidate before a punch has been thrown with Justin Gaethje going up against Rafael Fiziev in a battle between two all-action warriors of the lightweight division.

Gaethje, dubbed "The Human Highlight" will be looking for an impressive victory against a dangerous up-and-comer in Fiziev, himself riding a six-fight win streak including five performance bonuses on his ascent up the 155lb ladder.

It's set to be a cracking night from the capital showcasing some of the best British talent in the UFC alongside rising stars of the European scene.

Jack Shore makes his long-awaited return to action as he debuts at featherweight for the first time under the UFC banner, while flyweight title hopeful Muhammad Mokaev takes on Jafel Filho looking to bolster his credentials as a champion-in-waiting.

UFC newcomers Sam Patterson and Chris Duncan look to make a splash on the UFC 286 prelims, while Lerone Murphy, Jake Hadley, Christian Leroy Duncan, Joanne Wood and Jai Herbert round out the rest of the home grown contingent.

We've also got a special treat for fight fans in the UK with the preliminary card being broadcast across BT Sport's digital network on YouTube, BTSport.com and the BT Sport app before encryption of the main card begins at 9pm.

The UFC 286 prelims will be presented by UFC Fight Week hosts Adam Catterall and Nick Peet, who will be joined by UFC heavyweight contender Tom Aspinall to review all the action and look ahead to a cracking main event.

Here's all the information you need to make sure you don't miss a moment of UFC 286: Edwards vs Usman 3 on BT Sport Box Office.

UFC 286 UK time: When is Edwards vs Usman 3?

The event will be begin exclusively live at 7pm UK time (9pm main card) overnight on Saturday 18 March on BT Sport Box Office and across our digital platforms.

The prelims, from 7pm until 9pm, will be broadcast live on BT Sport's YouTube channel as well as right here on BTSport.com and the BT Sport app.

BT Sport Box Office encryption will begin for the main card at 9pm.

How to watch UFC 286

Who is fighting at UFC 286?

Main card

Leon Edwards (c) vs Kamaru Usman - Welterweight

Justin Gaethje vs Rafael Fiziev - Lightweight

Jennifer Maia vs Casey O'Neill - Women's flyweight

Gunnar Nelson vs Bryan Barbarena - Welterweight

Marvin Vettori vs Roman Dolidze - Middleweight


Prelims (streaming free on BT Sport's digital platforms)

Jack Shore vs Makwan Amirkhani - Featherweight

Sam Patterson vs Yanal Ashmoz - Lightweight

Chris Duncan vs Omar Morales - Lightweight

Muhammad Mokaev vs Jafel Filho - Flyweight

How much does the fight cost in the UK?

The price for UFC 286: Edwards vs Usman 3 will be £19.95.

What is the price for viewers in the ROI?

Customers in the Republic of Ireland can purchase BT Sport Box Office via Sky at www.sky.com/boxoffice/btsport for €29.99 or €34.99 (on the day)

How to watch the fight on BT TV

BT TV customers can use their remote control to buy UFC 286: Edwards vs Usman 3.

Simply press the ‘BT Player’ button then ‘Buy Now’ on the event, which will be shown on channel 494.

Can I watch the fight on Sky?

Yes, Sky customers can purchase BT Sport Box Office on channel 490 via their remote control or via www.sky.com/boxoffice/btsport.

Can I watch the fights on Virgin TV?

Yes. Virgin TV customers with a TiVo and/or V6 set-top-box should visit the On-Demand section and choose Live Events to order UFC 286. Alternatively, customers with a Virgin TV360 set-top-box should visit the Live Events section

What if I can’t watch the fights live?

Don’t worry. If you missed UFC 286, repeats will begin at 7am on Sunday 19 March on BT Sport Box Office HD.

How to live stream UFC 286

Anyone who wants to stream the fights can simply visit bt.com/sportboxoffice to purchase the event and then watch either on the website link provided or via the BT Sport Box Office app.

EE, Three and O2 customers watching online or via the app can choose to add the payment to their mobile bill.

The event is also fully compatible with Google Chromecast and Apple Airplay.

BT Sport's YouTube channel will also be broadcasting a live stream of the UFC 286 prelims between 7pm and 9pm. 

This live stream will also be available on the BT Sport website and through the BT Sport app, before encryption begins on the pay-per-view broadcast from 9pm.