Stacked UFC 251 To Feature Three Huge Title Fights, Will Take Place On 'Fight Island'
UFC 251 is expected to have three huge title bouts and will take place on 'Fight Island' on July 11.
UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is set to headline UFC 251 against an unnamed opponent with the promotion also targeting a featherweight title clash between Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway. The other championship bout in the works is Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo for the vacant UFC bantamweight title.
According to @arielhelwani, UFC 251 is currently expected to have three championship fights - Volkanovski vs. Holloway, Yan vs. Aldo, Usman defending his title - and take place on "Fight Island" on July 11. pic.twitter.com/8T6twJUmA1- ESPN MMA (@espnmma) June 9, 2020
The original plan was for Usman to defend his belt versus BMF champion Jorge Masvidal. But the UFC and 'Gamebred' are currently embroiled in a dispute over pay.
So, per ESPN, Gilbert Burns, who beat Tyron Woodley at UFC Fight Night, is the front-runner to face 'The Nigerian Nightmare'.
Guess what? I'm back in camp! :triumph:- GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) June 8, 2020
All three match-ups aren't official for UFC 251, but those are the plans for the July pay-per-view event.
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UFC 251 fighters have yet to receive confirmation on the location of the show, though 'Fight Island' is the plan.
Welterweight title: Kamaru Usman (c) vs. TBC
Featherweight title: Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs. Max Holloway II
Vacant bantamweight title: Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo
Welcome to UFC Fight Island Ⓒ- UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) June 1, 2020
Who do you want to appear on the greatest show on earth? :smirk::island: pic.twitter.com/NmRh8p3Xzi
UFC president Dana White plans to stay on 'Fight Island' for the whole month of July as he rolls out multiple cards amid the global pandemic.
"People are very intrigued by 'Fight Island,' and I'm excited for it," he said. "Right now, we're looking at June, and we're literally gonna knock out three or four [events] in a month. And I'm gonna stay on the island for a month. I'll probably be there the whole month of July."
He added: "I'll have pictures of the (Fight Island) infrastructure next week and have more details for everybody."
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