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Usman vs Burns: How to watch UFC 258, start time, prediction, odds

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he dominant Kamaru Usman defends his welterweight title against former training partner Gilbert Burns in the UFC 258 main event tonight.

This fight has been a while in the making, with a positive Covid-19 test recorded by the challenger preventing it from being the first big clash to take place on the UFC’s ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi last summer.

The bout was then scheduled to headline UFC 256 in December, only for it to be pushed back again with Usman needing more time to recover from injury.

But now the familiar duo will finally lock horns, with ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ – who remains proudly undefeated in the UFC – providing the third defence of the belt he won from Tyron Woodley at UFC 235 back in 2019 before putting it on the line in dominant triumphs over Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal.

Brazilian challenger Burns also beat Woodley via unanimous decision last year and is unbeaten since his loss to Dan Hooker three years ago.

UFC 258 TV channel and live stream

TV channel: In the UK, UFC 258 is being broadcast live on BT Sport 1, with coverage of the prelim fights beginning at 1am GMT.

The main card action is due to get under way around 3am, with the main event between Usman and Burns not expected to start until at least 5am on Sunday morning.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers can also watch UFC 258 online via the BT Sport website or app.

The event is being held at the UFC’s Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kamaru Usman vs Gilbert Burns (men’s welterweight)

Maycee Barber vs Alexa Grasso (women’s flyweight)

Kelvin Gastelum vs Ian Heinisch (men’s middleweight)

Maki Pitolo vs Julian Marquez (men’s middleweight)

Jim Miller vs Bobby Green (men’s lightweight)

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Rodolfo Vieira vs Anthony Hernandez (men’s middleweight)

Belal Muhammad vs Dhiego Lima (men’s welterweight)

Polyana Viana vs Mallory Martin (women’s strawweight)

Andre Ewell vs Chris Gutierrez (catchweight)

Ricky Simon vs Brian Kelleher (men’s featherweight)

Gabriel Green vs Philip Rowe (men’s welterweight)

Gillian Robertson vs Miranda Maverick (women’s flyweight)

Usman vs Burns prediction

This is a really intriguing fight between two men who will be very aware of the other’s key strengths and weaknesses.

Burns certainly has the skillset to make it a very uncomfortable night for Usman, but we’re backing the champion to win via decision to keep his undefeated UFC streak alive and the gold around his waist.

Usman vs Burns betting odds and tips

Burns to win: Between 12/5 and 5/2

Draw or technical draw: 54/1

Usman by decision or technical decision: 11/8


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