Key statistics: +1.99 Strike Differential (4th all-time among WW), 55 Kills (5th all-time among WW), 47% Control Time Percentage (2nd)
What this means: Usman is a marauding powerhouse of a fighter who uses an exhaustive brand of grappling to exhaust his opponents before landing bombs with his hands. On the feet, he is a sharp boxer and exhibits good footwork when pressing his opponent against the fence. His jab is a particularly powerful weapon in both positions. He also likes to mix in kicks to the body when the opportunity arises. His bread and butter are his struggle, however. Usman is extremely strong and relentless when putting his opponents on the canvas. His ground and pound are also deadly.
What to look for in combat: For most of their first two fights, Usman controlled Edwards, although Edwards put up more resistance than some of Usman’s past opponents. How Edwards’ header plays a part is something to watch as Usman’s habit of sliding hard to his right has been exploited. That said, look for Usman to rely even more on his struggle and suck the life out of Edwards and the London crowd. On the feet, Edwards will have even more confidence in his ability to not only knock Usman out, but also thwart his takedowns and get back on his feet. This could mean Edwards is more inclined to use his clinch game, which regularly has an impact.
Co-Main Event: Justin Gaethje vs. Rafael Fiziev