Finalized UFC 251 combat map, broadcast details and start times revealed

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With the launch of “Fight Island” in less than two weeks, the UFC 251 combat map has now been finalized with the broadcast plans for the show.

The card will feature three title fights featured by welterweight champion Kamaru Usman defending his belt against former teammate Gilbert Burns.

Usman looked almost unbeatable as he crossed the welterweight ranks before winning the belt in 2019. Since then, he has defended the title with a fifth-round TKO against Colby Covington, but will now face a former partner with whom he worked. with for the most part eight years.

Burns enters the main tournament after six straight wins, including an unbalanced decision over former champion Tyron Woodley in his last fight. Burns won his title shot after moving to welterweight last year and if he wins at UFC 251, he will crown an incredible 11-month race to become champion.

Meanwhile, Alexander Volkanovski will defend his featherweight title for the first time against Max Holloway, whom he beat to claim the belt last year. Holloway is widely regarded as arguably the greatest featherweight of all time, so he got an immediate rematch as he seeks to avenge his earlier defeat to Volkanovski on July 11.

The third title fight will crown a new bantamweight champion as Russian wrecker Petr Yan faces former featherweight king Jose Aldo, who will make his second appearance at 135 pounds.

The main card for UFC 251 will start at 10 p.m. AND with the show broadcast exclusively on ESPN + pay-per-view in the United States.

The preliminary card will start at 6 p.m. AND with the entire program broadcast simultaneously on ESPN and ESPN + with the first four fights of the night also broadcast on UFC Fight Pass. The exact order of preliminary matches remains to be determined.

Here is the finalized map for UFC 251: Usman vs. Burns

MAIN CARD (ESPN + pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET)

MAIN EVENT: Kamaru Usman against Gilbert Burns

Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway

Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo

Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas

Paige VanZant against Amanda Ribas

UFC 251 PRELIMS (ESPN and ESPN + at 6 p.m. ET)

Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos against Muslim Salikhov

Makwan Amirkhani vs. Danny Henry

Leonardo Santos against Roman Bogatov

Marcin Tybura against Alexander Romanov

Raulian Paiva vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov

Karol Rosa vs. Vanessa Melo

Martin Day vs. Davey Grant

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