Kamaru Usman has defended the welterweight championship five times, but he is still extremely motivated for Saturday’s main event at UFC 278 against the number two contender, Leon Edwards. UFC 278 takes place at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, and features a championship bout between these two at 10 p.m. ET (main card). This week, Usman told the media that his coaches and mentors have warned him against becoming complacent in light of his recent success, saying that doing so would lead to his loss of the championship belt. However, he insisted that such counsel was unnecessary because he is still developing as a fighter and hopes to go down in history as one of the all-time greats. Edwards, who is challenging for the title for the first time, is currently on a 10-fight win streak and suffered his only loss nearly seven years ago, to Usman.
According to the most up-to-date betting lines from Caesars Sportsbook, Usman is a -360 favorite (risk $360 to win $100) and Edwards is a +300 underdog. No. 6-ranked middleweight contender Paulo Costa (-280 in UFC 278 odds) faces former champion Luke Rockhold (+240), who returns to the cage after a three-year absence, in the co-main event. Check out MMA analyst Andrew Gombas’s picks and betting advice for UFC 278: Usman vs. Edwards 2 on SportsLine before making any decisions.
Because of his background as an NCAA wrestler, Gombas is able to analyze mixed martial arts fights from a unique perspective, focusing on the Xs and Os that make each fight unique. In 2018, he launched MMA Knockout Bets, an MMA handicapping service that has been profitable every year since.
He has shown a 6 percent ROI for his followers with over 1,400 picks tracked by an independent monitoring service (Bet MMA). His devotees have earned over $10,000 in the past two years.
Gombas went a perfect 5-0 with his main card picks for UFC 275 in June. One of his victories came when he recommended that SportsLine subscribers wager on the welterweight prospect bout between Jake Matthews (+125) and Andre Fialho (-145). Gombas’ backers got another easy win thanks to Matthews’ dominance and a second-round stoppage. Anyone who has invested in Gombas thus far has seen enormous gains.
Now that UFC 278: Usman vs. Edwards is almost here, Gombas has analyzed the entire card meticulously and released his expert MMA predictions. Gombas’ predictions for UFC 278 are available exclusively on SportsLine.
Foreshadowing UFC 278’s Usman vs. Edwards
To this day, Usman (20-1) has yet to suffer a defeat in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he made his debut in a bout against Edwards. Usman earned a spot on the UFC roster by virtue of his victory on the TUF reality show. The win sparked his rise to dominance as a champion, and as his fighting style developed, so did the public’s impression of him.
Early in his career, the Nigerian fighter relied on his athleticism and wrestling to engineer solid but unspectacular victories. As a matter of fact, eight of his first nine victories in the UFC were decided by the judges’ scorecards.
Usman, 35, has a devastating striking game and has knocked out contenders Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal in two of his last three victories. After publicly criticizing Usman for his cautious style, UFC president Dana White recently told the media that Usman deserves to be ranked among the promotion’s greatest champions.
Similar to his previous opponents, Edwards (19-3-1) has won his last seven matches by decision thanks to his strong wrestling foundation and explosive movements. But the 30-year-old Brit has a knockout win on his record, an 8-second victory over Seth Baczynski in April 2015. SportsLine is your only source for knowing who to back at UFC 278.
Expectations for UFC 278
To cite just one of Gombas’s predictions for UFC 278: On the main card, he is rooting for Lucie Pudilova (-145) over Yanan Wu (+125) in a fight between two women’s bantamweight contenders.
Pudilova (13-7), a multi-talented fighter who previously competed in the Oktagon promotion and won five of six bouts there, is beginning her second run in the UFC. In April, the Czech native defeated Carol Yariwaki via unanimous decision.
Wu, at 12-5, is a submission specialist with power strikes, having knocked out six of her opponents and submitting five. Despite losing by decision to Mayra Bueno Silva in April, the 26-year-old Chinese fighter was awarded Fight of the Night for their thrilling matchup.
“As a boxer, I find Pudilova to be more skilled than Wu. Since neither of these women appears to be a grappling specialist, I anticipate a stand-up battle. Pudilova is an aggressive striker with a powerful jab. Her victory is inevitable, in my opinion “Mr. Gombas informed SportsLine. Read on to find some alternate choices.
Choosing Winners at UFC 278.
Gombas has excellent picks for all of the fights on the UFC 278 card, including the main event between Usman and Edwards. The boxer he’s picking to win big has “great boxing skills and serious power,” he says. Just at SportsLine, you can get your hands on those predictions for UFC 278.
Who do you think will prevail in the rematch between Usman and Edwards at UFC 278? And which boxer should you definitely back? Find out by visiting SportsLine right now to read in-depth top picks for UFC 278 from an insider who has won over $10,000 on MMA picks over the past two years.
The Schedule and Odds for UFC 278
Check out our full UFC 278 preview, including our predicted outcomes and recommended wagers.
Leon Edwards (+300) takes on Kamaru Usman (-360).
Luke Rockhold (+240) takes on Paulo Costa (-280).
Jose Aldo (+110) takes on Merab Dvalishvili (-130).
Jared Gordon (-320) vs. Leonardo Santos (+260); Alexander Romanov (-400) vs. Marcin Tybura (+320); Tyson Pedro (-800) vs. Harry Hunsucker (+550);
This matchup pits Lucie Pudilova (-145) against Yanan Wu (+125), Sean Woodson (-340) against Luis Saldana (+280), Miranda Maverick (-475) against Shanna Young (+380), and A.J. Fletcher (-160) against Ange Loosa (+140).
Victor Altamirano (-200.0) versus Daniel Da Silva (+175.0) Amir Albazi (-380.5) versus Francisco Figueiredo (+310.5) Aori Qileng (-155.0) versus Jay Perrin (+135.0)
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