After postponing events earlier this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, UFC CEO Dana White wasted no time in getting things back up and running. White promised MMA fans that the UFC would be the first sports league to start hosting live events again, and even hinted a private Fight Island would serve as a venue for future shows. That time has finally come: Tomorrow, UFC 251 is hosting three explosive championship matches at Yas Island — also known as UFC Fight Island — in the United Arab Emirates. Here’s everything you need to know about UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal, including the start time, the full card, and where you can tune into the all-important UFC 251 live stream (spoiler: it’s a pay-per-view event that will broadcast exclusively on ESPN+ in the US — sign up now and save $30).
UFC 251 Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020
UFC 251 Time: 10PM ET/7PM PT (Main Card)
UFC 251 Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
UFC 251 Arena: UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi
How To Watch UFC 251 Online In The U.S.
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UFC 251 Fight Card
Main Card (10PM ET/7PM PT)
- Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal
- Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway
- Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo
- Jéssica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas
- Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant
Prelims (8PM ET/5PM PT)
- Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka
- Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Muslim Salikhov
- Makwan Amirkhani vs. Danny Henry
- Leonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov
Early Prelims (6PM ET/3PM PT)
- Marcin Tybura vs. Alexandr Romanov
- Raulian Paiva vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
- Karol Rosa vs. Vanessa Melo
- Martin Day vs. Davey Grant
Most UFC pay-per-views feature at least one championship bout, and sometimes, MMA fans will get lucky with two title fights. The star-studded UFC 251 fight card boasts not two but three contests for the men’s welterweight, featherweight, and bantamweight belts, as well as a highly anticipated rematch between former women’s strawweight champions Jéssica Andrade and Rose Namajunas.
The main fight pits defending welterweight champ Kamaru Usman against Jorge Masvidal, who was drafted in for original challenger Gilbert Burns after he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. With 16 wins and a single loss under his belt, Usman is one of the brightest stars in the UFC right now, but the challenger for the throne is no novice: Jorge Masvidal boasts an impressive record of 35 wins and 13 losses. Both fighters utilize grappling-heavy styles in the Octagon, with the majority of their recent wins coming via decision. UFC 251 will mark Usman’s second title defense since winning the championship in March of last year.
The co-main event at UFC 251 is a rematch between defending featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski (21-1) and Max Holloway (21-5), two veteran combatants who need little introduction among MMA fans. Both are top-ranked UFC featherweights and faced off last December at UFC 245, where Volkanovski defeated Holloway via unanimous decision to claim the title. Holloway, still the No. 1 fighter on the men’s featherweight roster, will be understandably hungry to get his belt back, but Volkanovski won’t let his first UFC title defense to end in disappointment so easily.
The third and final championship match on the UFC 251 fight card is a contest between Petr Yan (14-1) and José Aldo (28-6) for the vacant bantamweight title. One look at these two fighters’ records suggests that they are two stars crossing on different paths: Yan is a rising UFC talent who signed on with the promotion in 2018 (and has yet to lose a match since), while Aldo has been suffering from a string of recent defeats, having lost five of his last eight fights. This contest for the vacant bantamweight belt will be a fierce one, and you can bet that a veteran like Aldo will be eager to prove he’s still got what it takes to be a champion.
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