UFC 251: Usman VS Masvidal is a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will take place on July 12, 2020 at the UFC Fight Island facility on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE. It was originally planned to take place on June 6 at Perth Arena in Perth , Australia. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was eventually postponed on April 9. In early June, it was confirmed that the event would instead take place in Abu Dhabi on July 12, 2020.
When is UFC 251 happening?
UFC 251 Usman VS Masvidal event will take place on 12th July 2020.
What time is it starts?
The live stream of UFC 251 Usman VS Masvidal will start at 10 PM Eastern Time.
Where it’s happening?
UFC 251 will be held at UFC Fight Island facility on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
How to Live Stream UFC 251?
You can live stream the event via:
ESPN+ – for the UFC fans who live in the United States ESPN+ is the best way to live stream UFC 251 event.
UFC Fight Pass – for those who want to watch UFC 251 online in HD quality.
BT Sports Box Office – for UFC fans living in the the United Kingdom, the BT Sports is the best platform to live stream UFC 251.
The event would have marked the promotion’s second visit to Perth, following UFC 221 in February 2018. However, the promotion later announced on May 5 that it would officially postpone the realization of this event in Perth due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While not officially announced by the organization, a UFC Featherweight Championship rematch between current champion Alexander Volkanovski and former champion Max Holloway was originally expected to headline the event. The pairing first met at UFC 245, where Volkanovski defeated Holloway via unanimous decision to capture the title. Volkanovski indicated in late March that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he would postpone his title defense on the initial June 6 date.
A UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship bout between current champion Valentina Shevchenko and Joanne Calderwood was expected to take place on the event’s first date. However, Shevchenko was forced to withdraw from the event on March 31 due to a leg injury and the bout was postponed.
UFC 251 Fights
Usman VS Masvidal
Kamaru Usman VS Jorge Masvidal is the new main event on a loaded fight card for UFC 251 and fans are likely more excited for this updated main event than the original headline set for UFC 251. The reigning champion Usman enters UFC 251 on a 15 fight winning streak and is a perfect 10-0 in his UFC career. The Nigerian Nightmare began his career as an expert wrestler and is at his best when he wears down his opponent over the course of the fight.
But he has since rounded out his talents and has just become a balanced fighter, who is very impressive on his feet. Usman was a strong favorite against Gilbert Burns, and even though Masvidal was originally the preferred choice for this fight, he’s an even bigger underdog now, likely based on the fact that he signed up for the fight on less than a week’s notice.
Masvidal was reportedly the UFC’s first choice to face Usman, but contract negotiations broke down and the promotion pivoted to No. 1 contender Gilbert Burns. When Burns withdrew on July 3 after testing positive for COVID-19, the UFC circled back to Masvidal and agreed on a contract, just 6 days before the fight. Many considered Masvidal the UFC’s top fighter in 2019, but there are questions about his conditioning heading into UFC 251.
There’s also the issue of making weight, Masvidal said in an interview that he currently weighs 192 pounds, and he needs to get down to 170 by Friday for the fight. Now Usman faces Masvidal, who is the complete opposite of Burns, a fighter who is taller, longer and a far more lethal striker.
The pressure is on Usman to defend his title and he will likely shift his tactics back to focusing on wrestling and making this a ground fight. It’s not fair to ask a guy to step in and beat the welterweight champion, riding a 15 match win streak, on such short notice but if anyone in the division can pull it off, it’s the BMF in the sport.
Masvidal is entering his first UFC title fight in his 49th pro appearance, the second-longest wait ever. He’s going to be hungry and charge at Usman from Round 1, but the Nigerian will make sure that he won’t last till the final minute.
Alexander Volkanovski VS Max Holloway
Alexander Volkanovski VS Max Holloway will take place as the co-main event at UFC 251, a rematch from UFC 245 with the reigning featherweight champion Volkanovski favored to defeat Holloway for the second time in 8 months. Max “Blessed” Holloway gets a chance for redemption as he takes on Volkanovski after losing the featherweight title to him at UFC 245 in December. Prior to that, Holloway had successfully defended the championship 3 times and he is a high-volume striker who uses his elbows and knees to pile up damage.
Alexander Volkanovski hasn’t lost since 2013, going 19-0 since then as he made his UFC debut in 2016 and is 8-0 with 5 of those wins via unanimous decision and 3 coming by TKO. He has a background in wrestling and Rugby playing at 214 lbs, despite now fighting in the 145-pound division, he retains that powerful core strength. While Holloway’s last 3 fights have all gone the distance, prior to that he had 4 straight wins via TKO against opponents like Anthony Pettis, Jose Aldo and Brian Ortega. Unlike the first fight between these two, this one could end with a KO or TKO this time around.
Petr Yan VS Jose Aldo
This bout will be one of 3 championship fights taking place at UFC 251 as the 2 fighters face off for the vacant bantamweight title. Yan is a perfect 6-0 since joining the UFC and is coming off a victory over Urijah Faber at UFC 245, knocking him out cold with a head kick in the 3rd round after striking him 54-18. The 27 year old Russian is seen as one of UFC’s rising stars and is terrific on his feet landing significant strikes per minute, an absolute legend and he has had an incredible 7 consecutive featherweight title defenses from 2011 to 2014.
Although his only fight in the 135-pound weight division was a loss to Marlon Moraes last December which gave him 4 losses in his last 6 fights. He is a terrific striker who kicks with tremendous power and is able to keep fights lasting with his excellent takedown defense. However, Yan is arguably the best boxer in the weight class with extremely polished footwork, crisp combos and power in his hands. He also has the chin to take anything that Aldo throws at him. This fight will go the distance, with Aldo holding himself towards the end of the fight and Yan to win by decision.
Jessica Andrade VS Rose Namajunas
Jessica AndradeVS Rose Namajunas will take place on the main card of UFC 251 and the two women’s strawweight contenders faced off last May with Andrade pulling off the win. Namajunas hasn’t fought since that loss, but she had won 6 of her previous 7 bouts prior to that, including back to back impressive wins over Joanna Jędrzejczyk. Interestingly, Andrade followed up that win against Namajunas with a 1st round TKO loss against current women’s strawweight champ Zhang Weili. Before that loss, she had won 7 of her last 8 tilts including unanimous decision victories against Ticia Torres, Claudia Gadelha and Angela Hill.
It’s a bit strange to see Andrade come into the rematch after winning their previous bout as a favorite, but it makes sense since that fight went until the knockout. Namajunas seemed too quick for Andrade, both in terms of her movement and her hand speed. It’s been more than a year since they last fought, so Namajunas’ coaches had plenty of time to train her to better defend against Andrade’s slams. While Andrade has rare knockout power for this weight class, she is nowhere near as polished as Namajunas but she has a strong chin and should be able to last until the end of the fight.
Amanda Ribas VS Paige VanZant
This matchup clearly states one thing, Amanda Ribas shouldn’t be encountering any major difficulty in overcoming Paige VanZant in their Women’s Flyweight bout. As Ribas has only suffered one defeat in her 10 MMA outings to date, with 9 wins evenly split between decision, submission and KO. Although VanZant has lost 3 of her last 5 fights, she is yet to suffer a KO defeat and she won’t go down on unless she makes a clear statement. One of the tightest bouts from the women’s division of UFC 251 and it will be an important fight for Ribas to continue her career in splendid form.
Volkan Oezdemir VS Jiri Prochazka
Volkan Oezdemir is less favoured to beat Jiri Prochazka on his UFC debut in this Light Heavyweight bout on UFC 251. After he recovered from 3 successive defeats with back to back victories in the second half of 2019 and won the Performance of the Night award for 2 of his last 3 wins. Prochazka has won 26 of his 30 MMA bouts thus far and enjoyed 8 first round victories in his last 10 wins. Although Oezdemir is definitely the strongest fighter he has faced till date, he still has the ability to win it once again.
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos VS Muslim Salikhov
The facts and odds barely distinguish Elizeu Zaleski and Muslim Salikhov for this Welterweight clash, since both fighters define class and endurance. Zaleski enters this bout with a solid record of 8 MMA wins out of his last 10, half of which lasted the distance. Meanwhile, Salikhov sports a solitary defeat in his last 15 fights, a run that featured a thoroughly impressive 10 successive first-round victories between November 2013 and June 2017. There are two possible ways for this bout to finish, its either Salikhov finishing Santos by KO or it will be a fight till death.
Makwan Amirkhani VS Danny Henry
As for Makwan Amirkhani, he has just over a 60% chance of defeating Danny Henry in this Featherweight bout. Since Mr. Finland was victorious in 6 of his last 8 bouts and the submission specialist has earned 10 of his 15 MMA wins in such a manner. The former EFC Featherweight champion Henry lost his most recent fight against Dan Ige in March last year. But he did win 9 of 10 bouts before that fight and he needs to win this bout to make a promising return back into the UFC world.
Leonardo Santos VS Roman Bogatov
Leonardo Santos is another fighter who is expected to extend his current MMA undefeated streak to 13 bouts at the expense of Roman Bogatov’s career. The Brazilian has recorded 11 wins and a lone draw since his last defeat in May 2009, out of which 6 were settled in the opening round. Bogatov is set to make his maiden UFC appearance and he was victorious in his 10 MMA fights thus far, winning half via submission. Kick starting his UFC career, he needs to win this bout in UFC 251 against Santos to establish his reign.
Marcin Tybura VS Alexander Romanov
The facts and stats of both fighters have made it clear that Alexander Romanov only has a narrow edge for his Heavyweight fight against Marcin Tybura. This will be his UFC debut, after having won all of his 11 MMA bouts to date while earning 9 first round victories. On the contrary, Tybura has chalked up 10 UFC fights, although half ended in defeat and since he stepped up to UFC he has not been able to carve a victory in a bout any earlier than the second round. Making this bout very crucial for him to make it past the 2nd round and to win this fight and turn his luck around in the UFC.
Raulian Paiva VS Zhalgas Zhumagulov
Raulian Paiva is expected to earn successive UFC wins for the first time in his Flyweight bout against Zhalgas Zhumagulov. He earned his first ever UFC victory against Mark De La Rosa in his most recent fight at UFC Fight Night 167 in February, but faced back to back defeats before this. Zhumagulov is another fighter making his UFC debut not to forget that he was victorious in 13 of his 16 MMA bouts thus far. His previous 5 fights all lasted the distance and he could make the best out of this chance.
Karol Rosa VS Vanessa Melo
Karol Rosa is expected to defeat Vanessa Melo in a Women’s Bantamweight bout featuring two combatants who can sport just 3 UFC fights between them. Rosa was victorious on her UFC debut versus Lara Procopio in August last year and has won 4 of her last 5 MMA fights overall. By contrast, Melo lost on her first 2 UFC appearances by decision and in fact, her last 9 MMA bouts all lasted the distance.
Davey Grant VS Martin Day
The bout clearly describes that Davey Grant will struggle to improve upon a run of 3 losses in 5 fights against Martin Day in their Bantamweight clash. Of Grant’s 15 MMA bouts, 12 were settled by submission, with Grant winning on 8 of these occasions. This is Day’s first fight since November 2018, after he was defeated on his UFC debut by Pingyuan Liu and he has another opportunity to prove his worth in the UFC.
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