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Fight Island is a reality, and the UFC is bringing a big pay-per-view to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi with UFC 251 on July 11. The card is headlined by a trio of big championship fights and plenty of other big names are featured throughout the event.
In the main event, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman takes on Gilbert Burns. Burns got the call after negotiations for Usman to battle Jorge Masvidal fell apart. Usman won the welterweight title by beating Tyron Woodley and successfully defended it with a fifth-round knockout of Colby Covington in a brutal war in December. Burns is riding a six-fight winning streak, including back-to-back Performance of the Night showings in wins over Demian Maia and Woodley.
In the co-main event, Alexander Volkanovski will defend his featherweight title against Max Holloway. Holloway was on one of the most impressive runs in featherweight history when Volkanovski beat him at UFC 245 in December to win the title. Now, Holloway has the opportunity to win back the belt and continue to make his case among the division’s all-time greats.
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In the other title fight on the card, Jose Aldo will battle Petr Yan for the vacant bantamweight title. Aldo, the greatest featherweight in history, moved to bantamweight at UFC 245 and lost a mildly controversial split decision to Marlon Moraes. After the fight, UFC president Dana White said Aldo would fight Henry Cejudo for the championship, but the fight was ultimately derailed by the coronavirus pandemic. Cejudo has since retired and vacated the belt, leading Aldo to face top contender Yan. The Russian is on a nine-fight winning streak, including six in the UFC Octagon.
Plus, a pair of important women’s fights round out the main card. Top strawweight contenders Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas will finally meet for their rematch after being scheduled to fight at UFC 249 in April. Namajunas was forced to withdraw when two family members died from COVID-19, according to her manager. Kicking off the main card will be a women’s flyweight scrap between Paige VanZant and Amanda Ribas. It is reportedly VanZant’s final fight on her UFC contract.
Dana White announced the rest of the fight card on June 18, complete with 13 fights to fill out the prelims and early prelims.
Let’s take a look at the announced fight card for UFC 251.
UFC 251 fight card
Kamaru Usman (c) vs. Gilbert Burns — Welterweight title
Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs. Max Holloway — Featherweight title
Jose Aldo vs. Petr Yan — Vacant bantamweight title
Rose Namajunas vs. Jéssica Andrade — Women’s strawweights
Paige VanZant vs. Amanda Ribas — Women’s flyweights
Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiří Procházka — Light heavyweights
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Muslim Salikhov — Welterweights
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Dan Henry — Featherweights
Leonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov — Lightweights
Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Romanov — Heavyweights
Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Raulian Paiva — Flyweights
Karol Rosa vs. Vanessa Melo — Women’s bantamweights
Martin Day vs. Davey Grant — Bantamweights
UFC 251 info
Date: July 11
Location: Yas Island — Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Start time: 10 p.m. ET (Main card)
How to watch: ESPN+ PPV
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