The UFC will begin a stretch on the UAE’s Yas Island with the UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal fight on July 11.
In this weekend’s event, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman will go up against 2019 Fighter of the Year Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal. Plus, it’s a rematch for the featherweight belt when Alexander Volkanovski faces Max Holloway, and Petr Yan and Jose Aldo square off for the bantamweight title. One of the most memorable strawweight bouts of all time also gets a rematch when Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade clash, and Paige VanZant returns to face Amanda Ribas.
Fans will not be present for UFC 251, or other upcoming UFC events. The UFC has safety precautions in place for staff including social distancing and medical screenings.
When to Watch
Prelims start at 6 pm ET with the main card beginning at 10 pm ET.
Where to Watch
You can watch the prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.
The main card is a pay-per-view event that you can purchase through ESPN+.
What’s the Schedule?
Early Prelims — Beginning at 6 pm. ET
- Martin Day versus Davey Grant [Bantamweight]
- Karol Rosa versus Vanessa Melo [Women’s Bantamweight]
- Raulian Paiva versus Zhalgas Zhumagulov [Flyweight]
- Marcin Tybura versus Maxim Grishin [Heavyweight]
Prelims — Beginning at 8 pm ET
- Volkan Oezdemir versus Jiri Prochazka [Light Heavyweight]
- Elizeu Dos Santos versus Muslim Salikhov [Welterweight]
- Makwan Amirkhani versus Danny Henry [Featherweight]
- Leonardo Santos versus Roman Bogatov [Lightweight]
Main Card — Beginning at 10 pm ET
- Amanda Ribas versus Paige Vanzant [Women’s Flyweight]
- Jessica Andrade versus Rose Namajunas [Women’s Strawweight]
- Peter Yan versus Jose Aldo [Bantamweight Title Match]
- Alexander Volkanovski versus Max Holloway [Featherweight Title Match]
- Kamaru Usman versus Jorge Masvidal [Welterweight Title Match]
Sign up for ESPN+ here ahead of this weekend’s UFC event. New subscribers can get the UFC 251 & ESPN+ Annual Plan for $84.98, saving over 25%.
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Jess Barnes attended Edinboro University and spent years working in nonprofit before taking up freelance writing in 2012. Jess has been working for Cord Cutters News since 2017.