Usman vs. Burns: How to watch and stream, plus expert analysis and predictions

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Kamaru Usman defends his welterweight championship against former training partner Gilbert Burns in the main event of UFC 258 on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The title fight, which takes place at the UFC’s Apex facility, will be on pay-per-view, which fans can purchase here.

The five-fight PPV main card begins at 10 p.m. ET, with prelims on ESPN and ESPN+ starting at 8 p.m., and early prelims on ESPN+ at 6:15 p.m. The prelims also air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes.

The fight pits former teammates at Sanford MMA in South Florida. After Burns earned the title shot with a victory over former champion Tyron Woodley last year, Usman moved his training to Colorado to work with Trevor Wittman, who also coaches lightweight contender Justin Gaethje and former strawweight champ Rose Namajunas.

Usman (17-1) has won 16 fights in a row in a streak that extends to 2013. His most recent victory was a unanimous decision over Jorge Masvidal in July in Usman’s second defense of the 170-pound title. The native of Nigeria, who grew up in Texas, won the belt in 2019 from Woodley. Usman is No. 4 in the ESPN men’s pound-for-pound rankings and No. 1 in the 170-pound top 10.

Burns (19-3) has won six in a row, the last four of those victories coming since a move up from lightweight in 2019. He is No. 5 in the ESPN welterweight rankings.


How to watch the fights

Watch the prelims on ESPN, ESPN Deportes or ESPN+: Download the ESPN App | WatchESPN | TV

Don’t have ESPN? Get instant access.

Don’t have ESPN+ for the prelims and PPV? Get it here.

Purchased the fight on your phone and want to stream on your TV? Find out how here.

There’s also FightCenter, which offers live updates for every UFC card.


Saturday’s fight card

PPV (via ESPN+), 10 p.m. ET
Kamaru Usman (c) vs. Gilbert Burns | Welterweight
Maycee Barber vs. Alexa Grasso | Women’s flyweight
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Ian Heinisch | Middleweight
Jim Miller vs. Yancy Medeiros | Lightweight
Maki Pitolo vs. Julian Marquez | Middleweight
ESPN/ESPN Deportes/ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET
Rodolfo Vieira vs. Anthony Hernandez | Middleweight
Belal Muhammad vs. Dhiego Lima | Welterweight
Polyana Viana vs. Mallory Martin | Strawweight
Andre Ewell vs. Chris Gutierrez | Catchweight (140 pounds)
ESPN+, 6:15 p.m. ET
Ricky Simon vs. Brian Kelleher | Men’s featherweight
Gabe Green vs. Phil Rowe | Welterweight
Gillian Robertson vs. Miranda Maverick | Women’s flyweight
(c) = defending champion


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