The event will kick off “Fight Island” as the UFC moves to Abu Dhabi to host events featuring international fighters during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fully stacked card is titled by UFC welterweight champion Kamau Usman, making his second title defense against rival Jorge Masvidal.
Usman comes out of a 2019 campaign that saw him end Tyron Woodley’s reign of dominance at UFC 235 and followed that performance with a fifth-round TKO from Colby Covington at UFC 245.
Masvidal intervenes within a short time to replace Gilbert Burns, who tested positive for COVID-19 a week before the fight. It comes after Masvidal and the UFC found themselves in a dead end regarding the remuneration of fighters, and the promotion of MMA decided to go with Burns as Usman’s opponent on “Fight Island”. However, with the UFC at an impasse due to Burns’ positive coronavirus test, Masvidal returned to the photo and the two sides quickly reached an agreement.
It’s the fight everyone wanted, as Usman and Masvidal have been involved in a heated feud since January, when the two were involved in a media line scream match during Super Bowl week in Miami.
Now they can settle their differences while the UFC welterweight champion faces the title holder “BMF”.
In the main co-event, Alexander Volkanovski seeks to prove that his setback for Max Holloway for the UFC featherweight championship in December was no accident when he faced arguably the biggest 145 pound book that the ‘UFC has never seen in a rematch. Volkanovski has not yet tasted defeat at the UFC and will strive for his ninth consecutive victory. Holloway enters the fight by losing two of his last three fights after winning 13 consecutive games from 2014 to 2019. Can Holloway take revenge and regain the title, or is Volkanovski the real king of the featherweight division?
In the third title fight, Petr Yan and former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will fight for the vacant UFC bantamweight championship that Henry Cejudo gave up when he retired in May.
In addition to the title fights, UFC 251 will also offer a rematch between a pair of former strawweight champions while Rose Namajunas will seek revenge on the woman who took her title when she faces Jessica Andrade. Paige VanZant takes part in what she called the most important fight of her career when she faced Amanda Ribas.
Here’s everything you need to know about UFC 251, including the time, odds, full combat map information, and how to watch the event.
What time is UFC 251: Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal?
- Date: Saturday July 11
- First preliminary rounds: 18 h HE | 15 h 00 PT
- Preliminaries: 20 h HE | 17 h 00 PT
- Main PPV card: 22 h HE | 19 h 00
- Usman fight against Masvidal: 00 h 15 HE (environ)
UFC 251 takes place on Saturday, July 11, with the primary card starting at 10 p.m. ET, or 6 a.m. local time in Abu Dhabi. Usman and Masvidal are expected to touch the Octagon at around 12:15 a.m.ET, although the exact time depends on the duration of previous battles.
How to watch UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal TV, live information
In the United States, the preliminaries of the UFC Fight Pass, starting at 6 p.m. ET, will be broadcast simultaneously on UFC Fight Pass, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN + in English and Spanish. Preliminaries will continue exclusively on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN + at 8 p.m. ET. The ESPN + pay-per-view main card will start at 10 p.m. ET.
In Canada, the first preliminaries are on UFC Fight Pass and TSN, the preliminaries are on TSN and RDS, and the main PPV card (10 p.m. ET) is available on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus and Eastlink, like as well as UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
In Australia, the first prelims and preliminaries are on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN, and the main PPV card, at 2:00 p.m. / 12:00 p.m. AEST / AWST (Sunday), is on Main Event and Fetch TV, plus UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
In Brazil, the preliminaries and the main card (11 p.m. BRT) are in combat.
In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the first preliminaries are on UFC Fight Pass, the preliminaries are on UFC Fight Pass and BT Sport, and the main card is available at 3:00 am BST (Sunday) on BT Sport.
In Germany, Spain and Italy, the first prelims and preliminaries are on UFC Fight Pass, and the main card is available at 4 a.m. CET (Sunday) on DAZN, the world sports streaming service, and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
You can find out more about how to watch in other countries on UFC.com.
How much does UFC 251 cost? PPV Award for Usman vs. Masvidal
In the United States, the main card for the UFC 251 is available for pay per view on ESPN +, which also requires a subscription. The UFC 251 PPV price is $ 64.99 for current subscribers. For new subscribers, a fixed price for UFC 251 and an annual ESPN + subscription is $ 84.98.
Prices vary globally, depending on the region and the platform.
Where is UFC 251?
UFC and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) announced last month that UFC 251 and three UFC Fight Nights will take place on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, just east of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
One of the most popular leisure destinations in the emirate, the island of Yas has also hosted the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix since 2009 on the Yas Marina circuit.
There will be no fans present due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Usman vs. Masvidal cotes pour UFC 251
According to FanDuel, Usman is among the favorites of -245, which means that you will have to bet $ 245 to win $ 100. Meanwhile, Masvidal is the underdog at +200, which means that a bet of $ 100 would earn you $ 200.
Kamaru Usman record, bio
- Last name: Cameroun Usman
- Nationality: Nigerian and American
- Née: May 11, 1987
- Size: 6-0
- Achieve: 76 «
- Total fights: 17
- Record: 16-1
Recording by Jorge Masvidal, organic
- Last name: Jorge Masvidal
- Nationality: American
- Née: November 12, 1984
- Size: 5-11
- Achieve: 74 «
- Total fights: 48
- Record: 35-13
UFC 251 combat card
- Kamaru Usman (c) against Jorge Masvidal for the UFC welterweight championship
- Alexander Volkanovski (c) against Max Holloway for the UFC featherweight championship
- Petr Yan vs. José Aldo for the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship
- Jéssica Andrade against Rose Namajunas; Women’s straw weight
- Amanda Ribas versus Paige VanZant; Flyweight for women
- Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiří Procházka; Light louder
- Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos controls Muslim Salikhov; Welterweight
- American Comedy vs. Danny Henry; Poids plume
- Leonardo Santos against Roman Bogatov; Lightweight
UFC Fight Pass Preliminaries
- Marcin Tybura versus Maxim Grishin; Heavy weights
- Raulian Paiva against Zhalgas Zhumagulov; Flyweight
- Karol Rosa versus Vanessa Melo; Female bantamweight
- Davey Grant vs. Martin Day; Bantam-weight