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The huge UFC 251 card is coming up this weekend as the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion heads to ‘Fight Island’.
UFC president Dana White has pulled out all the stops to keep the action going despite the issues of the coronavirus pandemic.

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UFC 249 and UFC 250 were both massive hits with the fans, while White has put on regular shows behind closed doors throughout the lockdown.

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Now it’s nearly time for the Ultimate Fighting Championship to head to the Abu Dhabi desert and ‘Fight Island.’

White has been determined to put on shows at a purpose-built and isolated location on an island since lockdown began.

That dream will come true soon as the UFC put on four shows on Yas Island.

Gilbert Burns had to pull out of the main event at UFC 251 but Jorge Masvidal has stepped in for a title shot against Kamaru Usman.

UFC 251: Date and start time
The event is set to take place on July 12 and will be held behind closed doors.

The main event is slated to get underway at around 5am.

It will be the first event to take place on what has become known as ‘Fight Island’, which has been revealed to be located in Abu Dhabi.

Yas Island has held three previous UFC events including UFC 112 and UFC 242.

UFC 251: TV and live stream
BT Sport 1 will broadcast the event with their coverage of the prelims starting at 1am. Their main show starts at 3am ahead of Usman vs Masvidal.

The show will be live streamed on BT Sport’s website and app.

The early prelims will be shown on UFC’s Fight Pass for subscribers as normal.

In the US, all prelim bouts will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish.

The main event on ESPN+ will be pay-per-view in the US.

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Main card

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
Preliminary 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
Paige VanZant will face Amanda Ribas at UFC 251

Paige VanZant will face Amanda Ribas at UFC 251 UFC 251: What has been said?
On ‘Fight Island’, Dana White said: “We came up with the idea of having fights on ‘Fight Island’ because we needed a destination to hold international events during the global pandemic.

“Abu Dhabi has been an amazing location to hold fights over the past 10 years and it is the perfect place for these events.

“The infrastructure we are building will be such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the fighters that’s never been done before – from the arena, the private training facility, and the Octagon on the island – it’s going to be an experience that none of us will ever forget.

“I can’t wait to deliver amazing fights from Yas island.”

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