The primary ever UFC ‘Struggle Island’ occasion is simply hours away from changing into a actuality.
Dana White has pulled out all of the stops to maintain his combined martial arts promotion going throughout the coronavirus pandemic and has now arrange camp in Abu Dhabi, taking UFC 251 there.
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White has been decided to placed on reveals at a purpose-built and remoted location on an island since lockdown started.
That dream will come true quickly because the UFC placed on 4 reveals on Yas Island, kicking off with UFC 251.
Gilbert Burns needed to pull out of the primary occasion however Jorge Masvidal has stepped in for a title shot in opposition to welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. on only a week’s discover.
Will probably be Masvidal’s first UFC title shot in a 17-year combined martial arts profession during which he has compiled a 35-13 document.
UFC 251: Date and begin time
The occasion will place within the early hours of Sunday, July 12 in Abu Dhabi – for the good thing about the US watching viewers – and will probably be held behind closed doorways.
The preliminary card begins at 1am UK time. The primary card begins round 3am with Usman vs Masvidal anticipated to begin at 5am.
Will probably be the primary occasion to happen on what has turn out to be often called ‘Struggle Island’.
UFC 251: TV and reside stream
BT Sport 1 will broadcast the occasion with their protection of the prelims beginning at 1am. Their fundamental present begins at 3am forward of Usman vs Masvidal.
The present will probably be reside streamed on BT Sport’s web site and app.
The early prelims will probably be proven on UFC’s Struggle Go for subscribers as regular.
Within the US, all prelim bouts will probably be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish.
The primary occasion on ESPN+ will probably be pay-per-view within the US.
UFC 251: Stay radio protection
talkSPORT 2 has unique nationwide radio commentary of UFC 251 from 1am this Sunday morning.
Hear reside by the radio participant beneath or right here.
It’s also possible to pay attention by the talkSPORT app, on DAB, by your good speaker or on 1053 or 1089 AM.
UFC 251: Struggle 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 – Ladies’s Strawweight
- Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant – Ladies’s Flyweight
- Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka – Gentle Heavyweight
- Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Muslim Salikhov – Welterweight
- Makwan Amirkhani vs. Danny Henry – Featherweight
- Leonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov – Light-weight
- Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Romanov – Heavyweight
- Raulian Paiva vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov – Flyweight
- Karol Rosa vs. Vanessa Melo – Ladies’s Bantamweight
- Davey Grant vs. Martin Day – Bantamweight
UFC 251: How did ‘Struggle Island’ turn out to be a actuality?
President Dana White mentioned: “We got here up with the concept of getting fights on ‘Struggle Island’ as a result of we wanted a vacation spot to carry worldwide occasions throughout the international pandemic.
“Abu Dhabi has been an incredible location to carry fights over the previous 10 years and it’s the excellent place for these occasions.
“The infrastructure we’re constructing will probably be such a once-in-a-lifetime alternative for the fighters that’s by no means been accomplished earlier than – from the sector, the non-public coaching facility, and the Octagon on the island – it’s going to be an expertise that none of us will ever overlook.
“I can’t wait to ship superb fights from Yas island.”
Footage of ‘Struggle Island’ being constructed on the seashore forward of UFC 251
UFC 251: What have the fighters mentioned?
Regardless of the quick discover, Masvidal is predicting a win.
Requested how he sees the combat going, he advised ESPN: “Me baptising his ass in entrance of the entire world.
“Chilly blooded as may be. His physique’s [gasping] for air as I obtained my hand raised over him.
“I’m going to baptise him for the world to see. It’s going to be violent. It’s going to begin violent. It’s going to finish violent.”
Usman has different concepts, as you would possibly count on.
“All I’m going to say is that I’m going to bless him with these palms in any approach potential.
“Whether or not he’s on his again, I’ll bless him with these fists, whether or not he’s standing up, I’ll bless him with these fists.
“It’s as much as him whether or not he lets me bless him rapidly, within the first spherical or he can take it like [Colby] Covington and I’ll bless him for 25 minutes.”
Paige VanZant, in the meantime, is wanting to earn more money when she finishes her contract with the promotion.
“I’ve added up all the cash I’ve made within the UFC over six years, and I may have simply had an everyday job with the identical pay,” she mentioned.
“I’m so grateful for every little thing the UFC has accomplished for me, the platform they’ve given me. That is nothing in opposition to the UFC. However the contract I signed is what I signed and I do know I have to honour it. That’s why I’m combating this final combat out and I used to be by no means making an attempt to interrupt it early.
“It’s necessary to combat this combat out, honour my contract after which say pay attention that is my worth and that is what I must be paid to make it price it.”