UFC 278 odds: Betting favourite Kamaru Usman vies for sixth title defence vs. Leon Edwards
Kamaru Usman will face Leon Edwards at UFC 278 in a rematch of their 2015 preliminary bout. Photo by Gary McCullough/AP.

Later this month, UFC 278 will take over Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, featuring two title fights.

The latest: Kamaru Usman, the UFC's highest-ranked pound-for-pound fighter, will try for his sixth title defence in the welterweight class as a heavy favourite. The main card also features Paulo Costa, who's on the verge of another title shot, and unbeaten heavyweight Alexander Romanov.

Check out the UFC 278 odds for Usman vs. Edwards and more.

UFC 278 odds

FighterOddsWeight classOddsFighter
(C) Kamaru Usman-385Welterweight+290(2) Leon Edwards
(6) Paulo Costa-286Middleweight+220(NR) Luke Rockhold
(3) Jose Aldo -105Bantamweight-120(6) Merab Dvalishvili
(11) Marcin Tybura+295Heavyweight-385(13) Alexander Romanov
(NR) Tyson Pedro-835Light heavyweight+550(NR) Harry Hunsucker

Odds as of 7:27 p.m. ET on 08/15/2022.

Check out the latest odds for UFC 278.

UFC 278 odds: Usman vs. Edwards

Odds: Usman (-385) vs. Edwards (+290)

This bout is billed as "Usman vs. Edwards 2," but it's not your typical rematch. The sequel is almost seven years in the making.

Usman and Edwards last fought in December 2015, when Usman won a three-round preliminary tilt by unanimous decision.

Here's some context for how long ago that was: Usman, who has made five successful welterweight title defences, was fighting in his UFC debut that night. And it was part of a 19-fight win streak the Nigerian Nightmare has been on since 2013.

Edwards hasn't lost since his first go-round with Usman, most recently defeating Nate Diaz by unanimous decision at UFC 263 last June.

The English southpaw will finally get his shot at a title, and it's clear he's earned it.

Costa vs. Rockhold

Odds: Costa (-286) vs. Rockhold (+220)

A clash of fighting styles will be on display in this one, as Costa is prone to go for knockouts — and Rockhold is not.

Costa has earned a KO or TKO in 11 of his 13 victories (85%), while half of Rockhold's wins have come via submission. Fans should enjoy the incongruity of their attack methods:

FighterStrikes/minuteSignificant strikesSubmissions/15 mins
Paulo Costa7.0359%0
Luke Rockhold4.9148%1.12
Stats via UFC.com

Neither fighter enters in his best form, as Costa has lost consecutive bouts and Rockhold has dropped three of his past four. In fairness to Costa, his losses came against Israel Adesanya (current middleweight champion) and No. 3 challenger Marvin Vettori.

And both of those fights were more recent than Rockhold's last bout, which came in July 2019 and finished via knockout for Jan Blachowicz (now the No. 2 challenger at the light heavyweight division).

Aldo vs. Dvalishvili

Odds: Aldo (-105) vs. Dvalishvili (-120)

The tightest odds of the night belong to the two lightest fighters, and there's a great chance that this bout goes to a decision.

Aldo leads active bantamweight fighters in longest average fight time (18:41), while Dvalishvili sits fourth (14:18). And 10 of Dvalishvili's 14 victories (71%) have come via decision.

Dvalishvili averages 7.3 takedowns per 15 minutes, versus just 0.51 takedowns/15 for Aldo, so again we'll have some differing styles at play.

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Though Aldo vs. Dvalishvili isn't a title fight, there's plenty at stake.

Aldo, the No. 3 contender, would put himself in position for a title fight if he wins on Aug. 20, while Dvalishvili would probably need just one more victory to reach the same standing.

Aldo lost in a bantamweight title bout to Petr Yan two summers ago and has rattled off three victories since.

Tybura vs. Romanov

Odds: Tybura (+295) vs. Romanov (-385)

Romanov is lower on the challenger totem pole, but he's a large favourite who brings a 16-0 record into this matchup. Only five of those wins are on the UFC circuit, mind you, and this one marks his first on a pay-per-view stage.

Tybura lost his last fight in October, snapping a five-bout win streak. He's posted a 9-6 record in the UFC since debuting in 2016.

What excites us most about this matchup is the perceived unstoppable force vs. immovable object. Romanov is the best among active heavyweights at takedown accuracy (69.6%), while Tybura leads the pack in takedown defence (82.1%).

This is a huge chance for Romanov to prove he belongs. A win over a ranked challenger — and a sixth straight win to begin his UFC career — would put him on the track to a title fight.

Pedro vs. Hunsucker

Odds: Pedro (-835) vs. Hunsucker (+550)

This is easily the most lopsided matchup on the main card, and it could be over in a matter of minutes.

Pedro, the massive favourite, averages 6:32 per fight, which is sixth-shortest among active light heavyweight fighters. Hunsucker has only fought twice in the UFC, losing both bouts in less than two minutes apiece.

Neither Pedro nor Hunsucker has fought to a decision, so don't expect that to start now. As Hunsucker looks for win No. 1 on his UFC ledger, Pedro seeks his second victory of 2022.

Pedro doesn't attempt many takedowns, while Hunsucker is yet to attempt one in his short UFC career. Expect these guys to be standing and swinging.

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