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Kamaru Usman Best Fights: Watch the Fighter in Action at UFC 268

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UFC 268: Usman vs Covington 2 is happening on Saturday, featuring a long-awaited rematch between the two top welterweights in the world of MMA. This will be the fifth consecutive title defense for reigning UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman. “The Nigerian Nightmare” has rocketed through the ranks since signing on with the league in 2015, racking up an undefeated record (his one and only professional MMA so far was in 2013, before he joined the UFC), and if you’re looking for something to do before you watch UFC 268 online this weekend, we’ve highlighted Kamaru Usman’s five best fights here. Then, be sure to

sign up for ESPN+ and grab the UFC 268 PPV

at a discount so you can stream it live on Saturday and watch some of Usman’s past fights for yourself.

The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale: Usman vs. Hassan

Kamaru Usman made his UFC debut in 2015 in the 21st season of The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC’s long-running reality series. In the July finale, Usman was chosen by his team to face Hayder Hassan. After an impressive first-round showing, Usman got staggered briefly in the second before taking Hassan to the mat and trapping him with an arm-triangle choke, forcing his opponent into submission at the 1:19 mark. This victory earned Usman his first Performance of the Night award along with a full contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship — his golden ticket into the world’s biggest MMA league — and he’s been on a tear ever since.

UFC on Fox 17: Usman vs. Edwards

Usman was next slated to face Leon Edwards in his first official UFC event following his stint on The Ultimate Fighter. In December 2015, the two met in the Octagon in Orlando, Florida, and both fighters went the distance in a three-round fight on the early preliminary card. Usman’s long wrestling experience and grappling skills proved too much for Edwards’ stand-up game, and The Nigerian Nightmare clinched a unanimous decision victory following a dominant third-round performance.

UFC Fight Night 116: Usman vs. Moraes

Usman is a wrestler through and through, having competed since high school. That said, the Nigerian-born fighter is a capable striker, and his performance at UFC Fight Night 116 in 2017 highlighted his knockout power. In Pittsburg, Usman went fist to fist with Brazilian mixed martial artist Sergio Moraes. Rather than go for his trademark takedowns and grappling, Usman came out swinging, knocking Moraes down early. The Brazilian briefly recovered before Usman delivered KO via punch 2:48 into the first round — the Nigerian’s first knockout win in the UFC, but not his last.

UFC 235: Usman vs. Woodley

After several noteworthy main card performances, Usman finally got his title shot at UFC 235: Jones vs. Smith in March 2019. For the co-main event at this PPV, Usman challenged then-champion Tyron Woodley for the UFC welterweight title. The Nigerian was the clear underdog headed into this fight but once again put on a dominant showing with his hybrid striking/clinching style. Woodley went the distance but ultimately lost his belt when Usman emerged the victor via unanimous decision, becoming the first African-born UFC champion, cementing himself as the best welterweight combatant in the league, and kicking off a title reign that continues to this day.

UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington

Usman is facing Colby Covington this Saturday at UFC 268, but every MMA fan knows this isn’t their first meeting. The UFC’s top two welterweights stepped into the cage in December 2019 at UFC 245, where the newly crowned champion would have to defend his title for the first time following his victory over Edwards nine months earlier. The fight, which was the main event, was a close contest that lasted right up to the final minute of the final round, when Usman delivered a barrage of punches to Covington to claim the win (and successfully defend the belt) via TKO stoppage.

Covington remains the No. 1 ranked fighter on the UFC welterweight roster right underneath the champ himself, and he’s once again challenging Usman for the belt. If you want to watch the UFC 268 livestream online and see for yourself how this high-stakes rematch is going to go down (and watch replays of some of Usman’s best fights), then now’s the perfect time to

sign up for ESPN+

. New subscribers can get a one-year subscription along with the UFC 268 PPV for $90 and save $50.

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Charles Oliveira’s Record Going into UFC 274 & Best Performances
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On Saturday night in Phoenix, Arizona, UFC Lightweight Champion Charles "Do Bronx" Oliveira is facing down top title contender Justin "The Highlight" Gaethje in one of the most highly anticipated fights of the year. This will be Oliveira's second title defense since winning the belt in 2021. If you're looking to watch UFC 274 online this weekend and want to know more about the defending champ, we've picked out a few of the best fights and finishes from his long MMA career. After reading up, be sure to sign up for ESPN+ and grab the pay-per-view so you can stream UFC 274 live.

Charles Oliveira has been a staple of the UFC lightweight roster for more than a decade and has racked up an incredible record of 32 wins, eight losses, and one no-contest throughout his professional career. "Do Bronx," so nicknamed due to his poor upbringing in a favela in Sao Paolo, Brazil, seemed an unlikely candidate to become UFC Lightweight Champion. His journey through the division has been long and bumpy, and he has bounced between lightweight, featherweight, and catchweight during his 12 years with the UFC. You could write a short book about Oliveira's 41 professional bouts, but here are five of the champion's best and most career-defining finishes leading up to UFC 274:
UFC on Versus 2: Oliveira vs. Elkins
Oliveira's career with the Ultimate Fighting Championship began in 2010 when he made his league debut at UFC on Versus 2. There, he faced Darren Elkins at lightweight. After a rocky start with Elkins seeming to take the high ground early on, Oliveira immediately recovered from a slam to the mat and submitted his foe in the first minute of the first round with an armbar. It was a fitting preview of things to come, marking the beginning of Oliveira's knack for upsets as well as his run as one of the top submission artists in the lightweight division; a whopping 20 of his 32 professional victories have come via submission.
UFC Fight Night 170: Oliveira vs. Lee
UFC Fight Night 170 was notable for being the last show in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the promotion to postpone further events. Charles Oliveira faced Kevin Lee, another top 10 lightweight, as the headliner on the main card in front of an empty arena. The event took place in Oliveira's home country of Brazil, and although Lee was favored to win, Do Bronx clinched an upset victory with a guillotine choke submission in the first minute of the third round. This win earned Oliveira a co-headlining spot on the UFC 256 main card against Tony Ferguson, setting him up as a real contender for a future title shot. Oliveira's victory at UFC Fight Night 170 also accelerated his upward trajectory which would soon culminate in him becoming the champion of one of the most top-heavy divisions in the UFC.
UFC 256: Oliveira vs. Ferguson

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What Channel Is UFC on Tonight? Tune In to UFC 273 Live
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UFC 273 is here, and it's happening tonight. Alexander Volkanovski is taking on The Korean Zombie starting at 10 p.m. ET at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville Florida. If you're looking to watch live on the right UFC channel then you've come to the right place. We'll tell you exactly how and where to stream the event and what it's going to cost you. But first, some of the highlights. Besides the main card, Aljamain Sterling is taking on Petr Yan in a Bantamweight title bout, Burns is going head-to-head with Chimaev in a standard Welterweight bout, and the Women's Strawweight bout will feature Dern vs. Torres. As one of the biggest pay-per-view events for April, you'll need to pay up if you want to live stream the UFC fight. Here's everything you need to know about it, including where you can tune in.

These days, all UFC pay-per-views air live only on ESPN+ which means they're not available, legally, on any other networks. It is worth mentioning that only the main card is considered the pay-per-view event, so you'll need to sign-up for ESPN+ if you want to watch the big one: For tonight that's Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie. The main card, or the big fight, starts at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Of course, that's not the only fight happening tonight. The early prelims and preliminary card fights are also airing on ESPN+, but you can watch those elsewhere if you want. A local pub, maybe?

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What Time Is the UFC Fight Tonight? UFC 273 Schedule
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If you have any interest in UFC and MMA fighting then you already know -- tonight is the big night, and UFC 273 will be kicking off for all to see. At the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville Florida, Alexander Volkanovski will step into the Octagon with Chan Sung Jung Aka "The Korean Zombie." It's sure to be a riveting bout!

The big question, of course, is what is the correct UFC 273 time? When should you tune in? There are 13 bouts planned in total, with five primary fight cards on deck, including the main event, four during the preliminaries, and four during the early preliminaries, all happening at different times. If you've got some big plans to sit back and watch the UFC 273 live stream online, here's when you'll need to tune in.

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