UFC 251 LIVE: Masvidal vs Usman 

  • Masvidal vs Usman for UFC Welterweight title
  • Masvidal stepped in on six days notice after Gilbert Burns tested positive for COVID-19
  • Volkanovski vs Holloway 2 for the UFC Featherweight title
  • Petr Yan vs Jose Aldo in a Bantamweight bout 

Adesanya and Covington predictions

“I’ll go with Usman, that’s my boy,” Adesanya said.

“It’s a tough fight because Jorge is a beast, I’m a fan of his too, but Nigerian power is different, man. I’ve seen him, man – Usman does not quit. I have to go with Usman.”

“Jorge Masvidal is nothing more than a mediocre, middle of the road dude who’s a bum,” Covington said.

“I don’t feel any sympathy for him, he’s gonna get body-bagged. The only way he doesn’t get body-bagged by Marty on Saturday night is if Marty comes down with the ‘rona.

“Also, it’s a better opportunity for him because you know he’s on a week’s notice. So now he’s already got built in excuses after he gets ragdolled by Marty on Saturday night. ‘Oh guys, I only had one week to prepare.’”

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Poirier prediction

“Masvidal flew in wrestlers, the best wrestlers in the world,” he said.

“The guy never stopped training. Even when the fight fell through, and they gave it to Burns, it was at the end of training camp, Jorge was still in the gym every day like he had a fight.

“I don’t know if he knew something that we didn’t, but the guy was in training camp the whole time and never stopped.

“I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people with the kind of shape he’s in. His timing is gonna be good. He’s in fight shape, I know that much.”

The early prelims have started!

Another look at those measures…

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Bisping’s thoughts

“He’s the better striker, he’s faster he’s slicker, he’s got more experience,” he said. 

“But when you’re on the ground, it doesn’t matter how good your striking us.

“You’re going to favour Kamaru but there’s something about Masvidal, this new Masvidal, this will be tough for Usman.”

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Both fighters hit 170lbs on the dot…

UFC 251 LIVE: Masvidal vs Usman live stream, results, reaction, and more from Fight Island

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COVID Measures

It’s fair to say getting to Fight Island was a task in itself. Everyone in attendance at tonight’s event had to undergo extensive Covid testing, as well as prolonged quarantines. 

Fighters were tested four times from last weekend all the way up to tonight – including Usman and Masvidal. 

Media members, UFC staff and personnel have had to undergo the same stringent measures. 

Dana White has made no secret of the expenses poured out since lockdown started back in March, but the UFC have been the poster boys for the return of sport, despite the criticism they first received. 

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Where it all goes down tonight…

Live stream details

If you want to watch tonight’s event from the UK – you can catch it all on BT Sport 1. 

The undercard gets underway at 1am while the main card starts at 3am. Expect to see Masvidal and Usman in the Octagon around 5am.

If you want to view the Fight Pass Prelims, they get underway from 11.30pm. 

UFC 251 LIVE: Masvidal vs Usman live stream, results, reaction, and more from Fight Island

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Here’s the FULL CARD…

Main card – 3am

Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal (UFC welterweight title – main event)

Alexander Volkanovski vs Max Holloway (UFC featherweight title – co-main)

Petr Yan vs Jose Aldo (vacant UFC bantamweight title)

Rose Namajunas vs Jessica Andrade 2 (Women’s strawweight)

Paige VanZant vs Amanda Ribas (Women’s flyweight)

Prelims – 1am

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)

UFC FIGHT PASS

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)

UFC 251 LIVE: Masvidal vs Usman results, reaction, live stream and more from Fight Island

UFC 251 LIVE: Masvidal vs Usman results, reaction, live stream and more from Fight Island (Image: GETTY)

Hi there!

So six days ago, this even was Kamaru Usman vs Gilbert Burns – but here we are on fight night and 2019’s fighter of the year Jorge Masvidal has the chance to etch his name into the MMA history books. 

Masvidal vs Usman looked to be the original plan, but Gamebred wasn’t happy with certain financial particulars, so Burns stepped in. The Brazilian tested positive for COVID-19 and in stepped Masvidal. 

The BMF Champ came in on six days notice, lost 20lbs and now he can become a UFC champion in his 49th MMA fight. And after stopping Darren Till, Ben Askren and Nate Diaz last year, he fancies his chances. 

Elsewhere on the card, Jose Aldo takes on Petr Yan in an intriguing bantamweight match-up, while Max Holloway attempts to regain his featherweight title against Alexander Volkanovski. 

So strap yourselves in, we’ve got an absolute cracker on our hands. 

source: express.co.uk

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