UFC 251 is here as ‘Fight Island’ makes its highly-anticipated debut. The stage is set as Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal headline a packed card on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island.
Usman’s welterweight title will be on line when the pair clash in the octagon.
The Nigerian was originally scheduled to fight Gilbert Burns but the challenger had to withdraw after a positive coronavirus test, with Masvidal handed the first title shot of his career.
“At the end of the day, it takes two to tango,” Usman told reporters.
“It’s very hard for just one guy to be able to go out there and really sell to the masses.
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“If I had to think about it, there’s maybe a couple of guys in the history [of combat sports] that are able to do something like that.”
The UFC 251 card also sees a rematch between Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski for the featherweight title.
Holloway lost the belt to Volkanovski seven months ago via unanimous decision.
Fans will also be treated to a third title bout as Petr Yan and Jose Aldo go head-to-head for the vacant bantamweight belt.
UFC 251 fight card
Volkan Oezdemir vs Jiri Prochazka – Light Heavyweight
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs Muslim Salikhov – Welterweight
Makwan Amirkhani vs Danny Henry – Featherweight
Leonardo Santos vs Roman Bogatov – Lightweight
Marcin Tybura vs Alexander Romanov – Heavyweight
Raulian Paiva vs Zhalgas Zhumagulov – Flyweight
Karol Rosa vs Vanessa Melo – Women’s Bantamweight
Davey Grant vs Martin Day – Bantamweight
Kamaru Usman (c) vs Jorge Masvidal – Welterweight
Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs Max Holloway – Featherweight
Petr Yan vs Jose Aldo – Bantamweight
Jessica Andrade vs Rose Namajunas – Women’s Strawweight
Amanda Ribas vs Paige VanZant – Women’s Flyweight
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