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UFC 251: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal fightcard
After a Fourth of July weekend with an unbelievable shake-up and spectacular turn of occasions, it appears the initially prepared for UFC 251 main event between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal for the UFC welterweight championship might be the headliner for the card– the UFC’s first of 4 directly on Fight Island on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE– we get.
Considering that extremely early in 2020, it was reported that Usman and Masvidal would be reserved to heading the UFC’s pay-per-view card in the first half of July– this is generally the UFC’s International Fight Week, which has actually certainly considering that been ditched due to the continuous coronavirus pandemic. Those reports appeared to be absolutely nothing, nevertheless, after Masvidal turned into one of numerous fighters to be associated with a public conflict with the UFC over fighter pay.
After Gilbert Burns completely beat Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC Vegas on Might 30, he was called the No. 1 competitor and reserved to challenge Usman on July 11 at UFC251 Upon pre-flight COVID-19 screening on July 3, nevertheless, Burns and 2 of his cornermen checked favorable for the illness, and he was pulled from the fight.
All indications appeared to indicate Usman being pulled from the card too, however on July 4, Masvidal and his team posted pictures of him working out with the UFC over the phone and sending to COVID-19 screening. Since press time, both Usman and Masvidal remain in Las Vegas for more screening, however settlements are done, and UFC president Dana White has dropped a promo to verify Usman vs. Masvidal as the brand-new UFC 251 main event.
3 title battles at UFC 251
Usman is unbeaten in the Octagon considering that entering the UFC through winning season 21 of The Ultimate Fighter and has simply one loss in his expert profession. He won the welterweight championship by beating Woodley at UFC 235 and effectively kept versus Colby Covington at UFC245 Masvidal has won 3 straight and 6 of his last 8. After surfaces of Jake Ellenberger and Donald Cerrone, Masvidal dropped choices to Demian Maia and Stephen Thompson prior to a huge return year in2019 After knocking out Darren Till in London, Masvidal knocked out Ben Askren for the fastest knockout in UFC history at UFC 239 prior to ending up Nate Diaz at UFC 244 for the BMF title.
The co-main event will include a UFC featherweight championship rematch in between Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway. The 2 first met at UFC 245, with Volkanovski peacefully beating Holloway in a 5-round consentaneousdecision Volkanovski, who has simply one loss in his Mixed Martial Arts profession, is unbeaten in the Octagon considering that his November 2016 UFC debut, beating the similarity Darren Elkins, Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo along the method.
The title loss significant Holloway’s first loss at 145 pounds considering that a loss to Conor McGregor in2013 After that loss, Holloway won 13 successive battles, beating the similarity Charles Oliveira, Jeremy Stephens and Ricardo Lamas prior to beating Anthony Pettis for interim gold at UFC 206 and unifying it by beating Aldo at UFC212 Holloway effectively protected the title versus Aldo and Brian Ortega prior to falling brief in an interim light-weight title fight with Dustin Poirier. Holloway then kept the featherweight gold one last time by beating Frankie Edgar at UFC 240.
Aldo will likewise remain in championship action at UFC 251, as he and Petr Yan fight to figure out the brand-new UFC bantamweight champ following Henry Cejudo’s retirement. Yan has won 14 of his 15 pro-MMA bouts and is unbeaten in the UFC, with his 2019 including decision wins over John Dodson and Jimmie Rivera and a knockout of Urijah Faber. Aldo controversially dropped his bantamweight debut to Marlon Moraes at UFC 245 and will similarly controversially get this title fight after 2 straight losses.
Full UFC 251: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal fight card.
Main Card (10 p.m. ET, ESPN+ PPV):
Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge MasvidalAlexander Volkanovski vs. Max HollowayPetr Yan vs. Jose AldoJessica Andrade vs. Rose NamajunasAmanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant
Initial Card (8 p.m. ET, ESPN & & ESPN+):
(*** )Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri ProchazkaElizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Muslim SalikhovMakwan Amirkhani vs. Danny HenryLeonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov
Early Initial Card (6 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN+ & & UFC Fight Pass):
Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander RomanovRaulian Paiva vs. Zhalgas ZhumagulovKarol Rosa vs. Vanessa MeloDavey Grant vs. Martin Day
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