UFC 278 Live Stream: Time, price, how to watch Usman vs Edwards 2 online

A title, legacies and contender slots will be on the line Saturday, Aug. 20, when UFC 278 takes place live on ESPN+ pay-per-view live from the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.

The main card starts at 10 p.m., headlined by a UFC Welterweight Championship Kamaru Usman taking on Leon Edwards. The undercard also features two former champions.

[Order and stream UFC 278: Usman and Edwards 2 on ESPN+ PPV]

Usman vs. Edwards is a rematch seven years in the making. The two previously met on a 2015 preliminary card that saw Usman win by unanimous decision. Edwards hasn’t lost since then while Usman has become one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world (and, arguably, of all time).

What TV channel is UFC 278 on?

While recent UFC cards have been featured on ESPN and ABC, Saturday’s event will air on ESPN+ pay-per-view. The cost is $74.99 for current ESPN+ subscribers and $99.98 for new subscribers. Signing up for the Disney Bundle (Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu) will save you $20 on the pay-per-view for a discounted price of $54.99 (Click HERE).

What about the early fights?

Saturday’s preliminary card is a different story. You can catch those fights starting at 8 p.m. on ABC or ESPN. To access those channels, sign up for DirecTV Stream, which is offering a FREE TRIAL (Sign up HERE), or FUBO TV, which is offering a 7-day FREE TRIAL (Sign up HERE) for its packages of more than 250 channels.

Who is fighting?

In addition to the welterweight title fight between Usman and Edwards, former UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold returns to take on the heavy-handed Paulo Costa in the co-main event.

Meanwhile, former featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who is very much in the title current title picture at bantamweight, will fight Merab Dvalishvili. Check out the full fight card, below:

Main Card (10 p.m. EST, ESPN+ PPV)

  • 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

Preliminary Card (8 p.m. EST, ABC/ESPN/ESPN+)

  • Leonardo Santos vs. Jared Gordon
  • Wu Yanan vs. Lucie Pudilova
  • Sean Woodson vs. Luis Saldana
  • Miranda Maverick vs. Shanna Young

Early Prelims (6 p.m. EST, UFC Fight pass)

  • A.J. Fletcher vs. Ange Loosa
  • Amir Albazi vs. Francisco Figueiredo
  • Aoriqileng vs. Jay Perrin
  • Daniel Lacerda vs. Victor Altamirano

Odds

In terms of odds, the main event and co-main event are lopsided on FanDuel Sportsbook. Usman is a –370 favorite to defeat Edwards (+265) again. Usman has been making his future intentions clear, including a potential move up two weight divisions to light heavyweight and a boxing match with superstar Canelo Alvarez.

Costa (-340) and Rockhold’s (+250) fight is equally one-sided, while the fight between Aldo (+114) and Dvalishvili (-146) could potentially be much closer.

Who wins?

It’s hard to bet against Usman. Though, his focus on what comes next rather than Edwards seems troubling. Still, Usman is the champ with his fantastic wrestling as plan B against Edwards, who may lack the power to truly hurt Usman. [Pick: Usman by unanimous decision]

In the co-main event, it’s nearly impossible to envision a scenario where Costa doesn’t knock Rockhold’s head off his shoulders. Costa is one of the hardest hitters in the middleweight division and Rockhold has lost his last two fights (and only fights in the past two and half years by brutal knockouts. [Pick: Costa by first-round KO]

Everyone keeps waiting for Jose Aldo’s career to come to an end. That appeared to be the case in 2020. But Aldo has put together a three-fight winning streak against top contenders at bantamweight. You could argue those three fighters – Rob Font, Pedro Munhoz and Marlon Vera – are better than Dvalishvili. [Pick: Aldo by unanimous decision]

Info

UFC 278: Usman vs. Edwards 2

When: Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022

Start time: 10 p.m. (main card), 8 p.m. (prelims)

Where: Vivint Arena — Salt Lake City, Utah

Main event: Octagon walks should begin just after midnight depending on the length of undercard fights.

How to watch: Main Card on ESPN+ PPV; prelims on DirecTV Stream or Fubo TV.

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