Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards 2

Previously announced, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (20-1 MMA, 15-0 UFC) will defend his title against top contender Leon Edwards (19-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) in a rematch of their December 2015 clash.

The event takes place Saturday, Aug. 20 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.

Also on the card, former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (31-7 MMA, 21-6 UFC) battles Merab Dvalishvili (14-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and middleweights Paulo Costa (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC ) and Luke Rockhold square off in a long-awaited matchup.

Monday, the promotion officially announced 12 fights are set for the event. Five of the fights were not previously reported. Scroll below to see the new additions followed by the official lineup.

Amir Albazi vs. Francisco Figueiredo

Fresh off a UFC on ESPN 38 cancellation due to an injury to previously-scheduled opponent Tim Elliott, Amir Albazi (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has quickly been rebooked. He’ll take on Francisco Figueiredo (13-4-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), the brother of UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo.

Alexander Romanov vs. Marcin Tybura

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 09: Alexandr Romanov of Moldova (top) punches Jared Vanderaa in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 09, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

One of the most highly-touted heavyweights in all of MMA, Alexandr Romanov (16-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) was the biggest favorite in UFC history when he ran through Chase Sherman last time out. This time, he’ll be chased with perennially-ranked UFC heavyweight Marcin Tybura (22-7 MMA, 9-6 UFC).

Jared Gordon vs. Leonardo Santos

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 30: (RL) Jared Gordon battles Grant Dawson in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on April 30, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

A fan-favorite for his story of redemption and interactive social media presence, Jared Gordon (18-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC) will battle longtime Jose Aldo training partner Leonardo Santos (18-5-1 MMA, 7-2-1 UFC) in a lightweight bout.

Lucia Pudilova vs. Wu Yanan

Back in the UFC after two-and-a-half years away, Lucie Pudilova (13-7 MMA, 2-5 UFC) will look to return in style against Wu Yanan (12-5 MMA, 1-4 UFC).

AJ Fletcher vs. Angel Loosa

Both AJ Fletcher (9-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Ange Loosa (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) were unsuccessful in their first attempt to pick up a UFC win. Now they’ll have a chance to check off that box as they face each other in Utah.

The up-to-date UFC 278 fight card

  • Champ Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards – for welterweight title
  • Jose Aldo vs. Merab Dvalishvili
  • Paulo Costa vs. Luke Rockhold
  • Amir Albazi vs. Francisco Figueiredo
  • Alexander Romanov vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Jared Gordon vs. Leonardo Santos
  • Lucia Pudilova vs. Wu Yanan
  • Harry Hunsucker vs. Tyson Pedro
  • Victor Altamirano vs. Daniel Lacerda
  • Qileng Aori vs. Jay Perrin
  • AJ Fletcher vs. Angel Loosa
  • Luis Saldana vs. Sean Woodson

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