UFC 251 has fight fans bursting with anticipation over the best card put together since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. There is huge interest in the location. Back in April, president Dana White revealed the UFC had a mysterious venue called “Fight Island”. It has since been announced as Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. There are four events scheduled there in July.
There are three title belts on the line in UFC 251, one of which has already been rocked by a positive COVID-19 test by welterweight Gilbert Burns. The UFC found a replacement in just six days and the main event is now Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal. Alexander Volkanovski also defends his featherweight crown in a rematch with Max Holloway. Read on for all the details.
When is UFC 251 Usman vs Masvidal?
UFC 251 is being held on Sunday, July 12 in the United Arab Emirates, which is Saturday night, July 11 in the US. The preliminary card starts at 8pm ET on Saturday with four fights. There are then five more bouts on the main card starting from 10pm ET. Masvidal faces Usman in the main event. Volkanovski’s clash with Holloway is the co-main event and Petr Yan will take on Jose Aldo. That last fight is for the vacant bantamweight title following Henry Cejudo’s retirement.
How to watch UFC 251 Usman vs Masvidal
UFC Fight Pass, ESPN and streaming site ESPN+ are your options for streaming UFC online. The early prelims are on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass. The prelims are then on ESPN and the main card is exclusive to ESPN+ on pay-per-view.
Watch UFC 251 Usman vs Masvidal on ESPN
ESPN+ is the home of UFC 251. Right now you can get all the action of UFC 251 plus an ESPN+ Annual Plan for $84.98 for new subscribers, or you have the option to bundle it with Hulu and Disney+. Current subscribers can get it for $64.99. You also get in-depth UFC analysis and an extensive fight archive. It’s available on:
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Live stream UFC 251 early prelims via UFC Fight Pass
You can catch the early prelims with a subscription to UFC Fight Pass. It is priced at $9.99 per month or $95.99 for an annual pass. On top of some of the UFC 251 action, it also comes with a fight catalog that includes boxing, Muay Thai and kickboxing. New subscribers can access a free seven-day trial.
UFC 251 full card
Here’s the schedule for UFC 251: Fight Island Saturday, July 12.
- Welterweight title fight: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal
- Featherweight title fight: Alex Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway
- Bantamweight title fight: Petr Yan vs Jose Aldo
- Women’s strawweight: Rose Namajunas vs Jessica Andrade
- Women’s flyweight: Amanda Ribas vs Paige VanZant
- Light heavyweight: Jiri Prochazka vs Volkan Oezdemir
- Welterweight: Muslim Salikhov vs Elizeu Dos Santos
- Featherweight: Makwan Amirkhani vs Danny Henry
- Lightweight: Leonardo Santos vs Roman Bogatov
Who will win UFC 251 Usman vs Masvidal?
What an incredible schedule of fights there are for MMA fans. Holloway will be determined to square the ledger with Volkanovski and we think the American is a big chance. Many also feel veteran Aldo is fortunate to get a chance for a vacant belt against Yan. It will be some upset if Aldo manages to become a two-division champion.
As for the main event, Usman has a highly impressive 16-1 win-loss record and hasn’t lost a fight since way back in 2013. He takes on Masvidal, his original opponent for this fight before contractual issues got in the way. Masvidal is 35-13 from his 48 fights, winning all 3 fights he contested in 2019. This is a tight one to call, but it’s hard to lean towards anyone but Usman right now whenever he enters the Octagon.
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