Usman vs Masvidal Live After months of hype and speculation, Dana White’s Fight Island is a reality. UFC 251 heads to Abu Dhabi where Yas Island will be center stage.
While Fight Island is enough reason to tune in, welterweight champion Kamau Usman facing off with Jorge Masvidal is as an intriguing match in the octagon.
Prelims starts at 5 p.m. (6 p.m.) and the main card begins at 9 p.m. (10 p.m.) and will be broadcast on ESPN+ for $64.95. Because of the event, you can purchase UFC 251 and ESPN+ Annual Plan for $84.98, a 25 percent savings.
Masvidal is stepping in on short notice to replace Gilbert Burns, who tested positive for COVID-19 a week before the fight.
In the co-main event, undefeated Alexander Volkanovski defends his UFC featherweight championship vs. Max Holloway. It’s a rematch from their December fight, when Volkanovski defeated arguably the greatest 145-pounder in UFC history.
What you need to know
What: UFC 251 from Fight Island
When: Saturday, July 11
Where: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Live stream: ESPN+ ($64.95 or purchase UFC 251 and ESPN+ Annual Plan for $84.98, a 25 percent savings)
Fight Island will host four UFC events in 14 days, starting with three championship fights at UFC 251 this weekend. Although the UFC will return to Las Vegas in August, White told the AP he believes the UFC will be back at Yas Island repeatedly this year, and perhaps beyond.
Fight Island is indefinite right now,” White said. “I love it there. On this trip, I’ll probably go looking at either houses or a condo to buy over there. Incredible restaurants, hotels. It’s a great place.”
Roughly six square miles of the island have been set apart as a “safe zone” for the roughly 2,000 people involved in the UFC’s production over the next three weeks. The locals went through a 14-day quarantine, and everyone inside the safe zone has passed several coronavirus tests.
The organization is following the same health and safety protocols that appeared to work splendidly over the past two months. The promotion has announced only a few positive tests, with minimal schedule disruptions and no significant outbreaks.
Max Holloway vs Alexander Volkanovski
Max Holloway +185 (37/20)
Alexander Volkanovski -220 (5/11)
Jose Aldo vs Petr Yan
Jose Aldo +180 (5/9)
Petr Yan -210 (10/21)
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs Muslim Salikhov
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos +120 (6/5)
Muslim Salikhov -140 (5/7)
Davey Grant +155 (31/20)
Martin Day -180 (5/9)
Maxim Grishin vs Marcin Tybura
Maxim Grishin -110 (10/11)
Marcin Tybura -110 (10/11)
Paige VanZant vs Amanda Ribas
Paige VanZant +675 (27/4)
Amanda Ribas -1000 (1/10)
Jessica Andrade vs Rose Namajunas
Jessica Andrade +170 (17/10)
Rose Namajunas -200 (1/2)
Jiri Prochazka vs Volkan Oezdemir
Jiri Prochazka +140 (7/5)
Volkan Oezdemir -160 (5/8)
Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs Raulian Paiva
Zhalgas Zhumagulov +155 (31/20)
Raulian Paiva -180 (5/9)
Vanessa Melo vs Karol Rosa
Vanessa Melo +200 (2/1)
Karol Rosa -235 (20/47)
Danny Henry vs Makwan Amirkhani
Danny Henry +165 (33/20)
Makwan Amirkhani -190 (10/19)
Roman Bogatov vs Leonardo Santos
Roman Bogatov +145 (29/20)
Leonardo Santos -170 (10/17)
Jorge Masvidal vs Kamaru Usman
Jorge Masvidal +220 (11/5)
Kamaru Usman -260 (5/13)