UFC is back in business tonight (Sat., July 11, 2020) with highly anticipated UFC 251 ‘Usman vs. Masvidal’ MMA event, which will go down on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
In the main headliner, BMF champion Jorge Masvidal returning against UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. Meanwhile, in the co-main act, Alexander Volkanovski will look to defend his featherweight crown against former champion Max Holloway. Also, Petr Yan and Jose Aldo will collide for a vacant Bantamweight title.
‘Fight Island‘ has been teased for months. Indeed the promotion has put their every effort to spared no expense in building infrastructure, and today the day has arrived we will get to see some fantastic fights on this island.
We all were expecting that Usman vs. Masvidal will fall upon us. But due to financial disagreements, this showdown didn’t come to fruition. Thanks to COVID-19 pandemic that today, we will witness this fight ironically. Well, Gilbert Burns who tested positive for COVID-19 which forced him out, allowing Masvidal to step in on short notice fight.
Usman is currently riding a 15 fight winning streak with 11-0 inside the Octagon and hasn’t tasted defeat in seven years. So let’s see tonight how both foes play out.
Another intriguing bout where two former women’s Strawweight champions, Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade will collide in a rematch to make another case to take a shot at a title.
Moreover, Paige Vanzant will meet Amanda Ribas, in the last fight of her deal. “12 Gauge,” has gone on record many times, reminded everyone that she’ll not extend her contract with UFC due to pay issues. VanZant needs a win tonight whereas Ribas winning nine of her first 10 professional fights with three of her UFC fights.
Preliminary matches will begin at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+ then the portion of prelims airs on ESPN at 8 p.m. Which is followed by PPV main card starting at 10 p.m. ET. on ESPN+.
Check put below UFC 251 fight card and results:
Main Card (10 p.m. ET on ESPN+PPV):
170 lbs.: Kamaru Usman defeats Jorge Masvidal by unanimous decision, 50-45, 50-45, 49-46
145 lbs.: Alexander Volkanovski defeats Max Holloway by split decision, 48-47, 47-48, 48-47
135 lbs.: Petr Yan def. Jose Aldo via fifth-round TKO (3:24)
115 lbs.: Rose Namajunas defeats Jessica Andrade by split decision, 29-28, 28-29, 29-28
125 lbs.: Amanda Ribas def. Paige VanZant via sub (armbar) (R1, 2:21)
Preliminary Card (8 p.m. ET on ESPN):
205 lbs.: Jiri Prochazka def. Volkan Oezdemir via second-round KO (0:49)
170 lbs.: Muslim Salikhov def. Elizeu Zaleski via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
145 lbs.: Makwan Amirkhani def. Danny Henry via sub (anaconda choke) (R1, 3:15)
155 lbs.: Leonardo Santos def. Roman Bogatov via unanimous decision (29-26 x3)
Early Preliminary Card (6 p.m. ET on ESPN+):
265 lbs.: Marcin Tybura def. Maxim Grishin via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26)
125 lbs.: Raulian Paiva def. Zhalgas Zhumagulov via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
135 lbs.: Karol Rosa def. Vanessa Melo via unanimous decision (30-26 x2, 30-27)
135 lbs.: Davey Grant def. Martin Day via third-round KO (2:38)