One particular of the most stacked playing cards of all time will consider area in unparalleled circumstances. UFC 251 is Saturday evening — the inaugural function at Dana White’s “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi.
The card features 3 title bouts. In the key occasion, Kamaru Usman will try to protect his welterweight title for a next time in a showdown Jorge Masvidal. Usman enters the bout on a 15-combat winning streak, while Masvidal is preventing on short notice immediately after filling in for Gilbert Burns, who tested positive for coronavirus.
In the co-most important function, Max Holloway gets his rematch with Alexander Volkanovski. The Australian defeated Holloway seven months ago at UFC 245 by determination to assert the featherweight title.
The vacant bantamweight belt will be on the line in between Petr Yan and Jose Aldo. Yan is unbeaten in 6 fights given that becoming promoted to UFC, and is at this time the No. 3 rated fighter in the division. Aldo received the fight relatively controversially around Aljamain Sterling, the No. 2 ranked fighter in the division.
Here is all the details you will need to know about UFC 251:
Exactly where is UFC 251 using position?
It is the very first-ever card on “Fight Island.” It is positioned on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. UFC crafted its personal octagon on a seaside, but it appears the card will get location at the nearby arena.
When is UFC 251 getting put?
Saturday, July 11. The most important card commences at 10 p.m. ET.
What’s the comprehensive combat card?
Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal (welterweight)
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway (featherweight)
Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo (bantamweight)
Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas (women’s strawweight)
Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant (women’s flyweight)
Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka (light-weight heavyweight)
Elizeu Dos Santos vs. Muslim Salikhov (welterweight)
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Danny Henry (featherweight)
Leonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov (lightweight)
Marcin Tybura vs. Maxim Grishin (heavyweight)
Raulian Paiva vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (flyweight)
Karol Rosa vs. Vanessa Melo (women’s bantamweight)
Martin Day vs. Davey Grant (bantamweight)
How can I watch UFC 251?
Most important card: ESPN+ Fork out-For every-Look at
Prelims (8 p.m.): ESPN/ESPN+/UFC Combat Pass
Early Prelims (6 p.m.): ESPN/ESPN+
What are the odds for Usman vs. Masvidal and who is favored?
Usman (-300) is the beloved around Masvidal (+240), by using William Hill
Is there history in the octagon in between Usman and Masvidal?
Saturday will be the very first time Usman and Masvidal sq. off, but there is lots of historical past outside of the octagon. Following defending his title from Colby Covington in December, several in the UFC neighborhood needed to see Usman take on Masvidal following, including the pretty outspoken Masvidal. Instead, Usman selected to battle Burns, but the Brazilian’s beneficial check gave fans the combat they wanted to see.
Earlier this 12 months, the two had an altercation during Super Bowl media working day right after investing taunts and insults at every other for weeks. Following the run-in, Usman tweeted “Lil b—h introduced his camera to try and flex and act hard. I was dolo and if you preferred to do a little something you could have tried but you didn’t lol #youplayedyourself #cloutchaser #tookanotherL (sic)”
Usman reportedly turned down two gives to battle Masvidal simply because the features were being financially unacceptable ahead of ultimately agreeing. Usman has explained his rivalry with Masvidal as “personal.”