UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal full face-offs video

Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal UFC 251 faceoff


Following Friday’s UFC 251 weigh-in on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, the fighters slated for Saturday’s event at the Flash Forum squared off for the final time before they step into the Octagon.

The UFC 251 fight card is topped by a welterweight title bout between champion Kamaru Usman and heated rival Jorge Masvidal. The co-main event features featherweight titleholder Alexander Volkanovski putting his belt on the line against the man he took it from, Max Holloway. A third championship bout features Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo for the bantamweight title vacated by former champion Henry Cejudo.


TRENDING > UFC 251 weigh-in results and videos: Championship tripleheader set for Fight Island


(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

Kamaru Usman: Jorge Masvidal is the biggest, baddest dude that I’m facing | UFC 251 Fight Island

Kamaru Usman UFC 251 prefight scrum


UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has faced some tough fighters throughout his career. After all, he took the belt from Tyron Woodley and then defended it against Colby Covington. He also defeated Rafael Dos Anjos and Demian Maia along the way.

But if he is to be believed, Usman thinks that he is stepping into the toughest fight of his career at UFC 251 on Saturday, as he called Jorge Masvidal “the biggest, baddest dude.”

Listen to everything Kamaru Usman had to say at the UFC 251 Fight Island pre-fight scrum from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

The UFC 251 headlining bout will see Usman, the welterweight champion, defend against Jorge Masvidal, a late-replacement and the BMF titleholder. UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski makes the first defense of his belt against Max Holloway, the man he took it from, in the UFC 251 co-main event. A third title bout featuring Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo for the vacant bantamweight belt is also slated for Saturday’s event.

UFC 251 is the first of four events that will be held over a 15-day span on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, the host for UFC Fight Island.

(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)


TRENDING > Video: Mike Perry punches man in restaurant, charged with assault


UFC 251 Face-Offs: Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal | Fight Island

(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

Jorge Masvidal: ‘Don’t Let these Devils or Demons hold you down’ | UFC 251 Fight Island

Jorge Masvidal UFC 251 scrum


Jorge Masvidal has advice for other fighters to get what they’re worth, especially younger fighters that are just making their way into mixed martial arts as a profession. Masvidal talks about the negotiations leading up to his championship bout with Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi and what he learned from the Nate Diaz bout at UFC 244.

Hear everything Jorge Masvidal had to say following the UFC 251 weigh-ins from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

The UFC 251 headlining bout will see welterweight champion Kamaru Usman defend against Masvidal, a late-replacement and the BMF titleholder. UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski makes the first defense of his belt against Max Holloway, the man he took it from, in the UFC 251 co-main event. A third title bout featuring Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo for the vacant bantamweight belt is also slated for Saturday’s event.

UFC 251 is the first of four events that will be held over a 15-day span on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, the host for UFC Fight Island.

(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)


TRENDING > Video: Mike Perry punches man in restaurant, charged with assault


UFC 251 Face-Offs: Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal | Fight Island

(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

UFC 251 Embedded: Unleashed from quarantine, athletes take over Fight Island!

UFC 251 embedded episode 4


Max Holloway takes a post-quarantine hike to the seaside Octagon; opponent Alexander Volkanovski travels there via golf cart. Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade preview their upcoming UFC 251 rematch. Amanda Ribas, Jose Aldo and Petr Yan also talk to media.

(Video courtesy of UFC)


TRENDING > Jorge Masvidal didn’t get exactly what he wanted for UFC 251 contract, but got very close


Welcome to UFC Fight Island: Flash Forum Arena Behind the Scenes sneak peak!

(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

Justin Gonzalez intends to take title at LFA 84, wants a call up

Justin Gonzalez - LFA

While it’s been over a year since featherweight Justin Gonzales picked up a unanimous decision victory over Zach Zane at Dana White’s Contender Series in June of 2019, he has been able to keep a positive mind of things due to his life outside the cage.

Unlike other fighters who were sidelined in multiple ways during the coronavirus lockdown, Gonzalez was able to continue to work, along with get in as much training as he could given the circumstances.

“For the most part my life didn’t change quite as much,” Gonzalez told MMAWeekly.com. “My job is considered essential, so I was still working. My girlfriend was staying at my place. Some of my best friends and training partners live close to me, so we were getting together and moving around a little bit.

“Granted, the training wasn’t quite what I wanted it to be, but we were still going on runs, still lifting, still getting movement in, so for the most part my life didn’t change that drastically. When things opened back up the coaches were on it and got me in right away.”

While he had to make adjustments in his training over the last year, Gonzalez is happy with the progression in his game he’s been able to make.

“After the Contender (Series) fight, I had surgery and had to take a little time off, and then we really focused a lot on boxing and really cleaned up our hands, creating these angles, but as soon as I could start grappling again, we did.

“I got some of the best grapplers in the world to come in and roll with me. I had some of the (University of Northern Colorado) guys here in Greeley at my convenience, and they love to work with me and I love to work with them. I’m teaching them about the MMA world and they teach me about wrestling.”

On Friday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Gonzalez (10-0) will return to action to face Jake Childers (8-0) in the featherweight championship main event of LFA 84.


TRENDING > Dana White: UFC 251 is trending higher than a Conor McGregor fight


“Childers is tough,” Gonzalez said. “He’s 8-0 for a reason. But I feel like I’m on another level. He’s going to be in for a rude awakening. I’m going to beat him up on the feet. I’m going to take him down. He’s going to realize he doesn’t have anything for me and he’s going to break.

“When he realizes he doesn’t have the answers and there’s a different level, he’s going to break. I’m going to stop him, get my hand raise, and walk out of there with a check.”

Gonzalez is looking to ride the LFA title to the next level. It’s a move he feels should come sooner than later.

“I feel like I deserve it,” said Gonzalez. “I feel like I’ve busted my ass and worked hard for this. I don’t know what else I have to do to prove that I’m ready.

“I’m 10-0 going up against the highest level guy that will actually accept the fight. I dominated on the Contenders Series Fight, I held the title with Sparta for quite a while, I’m fighting for a title on the LFA; let’s talk: the UFC, Bellator, ONE, PFL. I’m a free agent, let’s talk some business. I want to fight for the biggest promotion I can.”

UFC partners with Venum to replace Reebok in providing fight kits and apparel

UFC 2019 championship belt

July 10, 2020 – LAS VEGAS and PARIS – UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today announced that VENUM, the world’s leading designer, marketer, and distributor of combat sports apparel and accessories, will become UFC’s new exclusive global outfitting and apparel partner starting in 2021.  The deal was brokered by IMG’s licensing business, which exclusively represents UFC.

UFC athletes will debut the new VENUM-designed UFC Fight Kits inside the Octagon in April 2021.  To coincide with this debut, VENUM-designed apparel will be made available for sale at retail outlets around the world and online at UFCStore.com, UFCStore.eu, UFCStore.com.au and Venum.com

UFC’s outfitting policy is administered through its Promotional Guidelines Compliance program.  UFC will adjust the pay scale tied to its Promotional Guidelines Compliance program, which will result in across the board increases for all athletes effective April 2021.

UFC’s existing outfitting and apparel partnership with Reebok, the global fitness brand, expires in March 2021.  Reebok will continue to serve as the official footwear provider of UFC through the end of next calendar year. 

“We’re pumped that VENUM will be joining us as our new exclusive global outfitting and apparel partner,” said UFC President Dana White.  “VENUM is an Iconic combat sports brand that understands the unique needs of MMA athletes.  Franck Dupuis and his team at VENUM have the technical knowledge and experience that will produce world-class UFC Fight Kits and apparel.  We’re looking forward to collaborating with them on this next evolution of UFC’s outfitting program.”


TRENDING > UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal full face-offs video


“Joining UFC as their official outfitting and apparel partner means a great deal to the VENUM team,” said Franck Dupuis, VENUM Founder and CEO.  “VENUM is a brand that has grown alongside the sport of MMA as it has exploded in popularity around the world.  We are both proud and grateful, as this agreement signifies the success of our journey over the past fifteen years.  At VENUM, we are ecstatic to write the next chapter in our history.” 

Added White: “We appreciate the partnership with Reebok over the past six years. It was a groundbreaking deal that elevated both of our brands.  We’re pleased that Reebok will continue with us as the official footwear provider of UFC through 2021.”

The VENUM / UFC Fight Kits and apparel line will be high quality MMA gear and performance apparel specifically designed and developed for UFC’s world-class athletes competing inside the Octagon.  VENUM‘S understanding of what MMA fighters need while training and competing will be seen throughout the product line including the ‘Fight Week Gear’ and ‘Fight Night Kit’. The Fight Night shorts will be incredibly light and comfortable, providing a second-skin-feel thanks to their “featherweight” microfiber material. The waistband will utilize thermo-bonded and extra-flat elastic seams to perfectly adapt to the shape of the athlete’s body. The side slits will provide total freedom of movement, a well-known VENUM trademark.

UFC 251 Fight Island: Usman vs. Masvidal Live Results

UFC 251 Usman vs Masvidal live results

(Click on the fight below and then scroll down to see in-fight live stats and full results, courtesy of Fight Analytics. Full live results for the first UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal bout from the Flash Forum on Fight Island on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, is scheduled to begin on Saturday, July 11, at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT.)


NOTE the UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal start times

  • UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal main card start time: 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT on ESPN+ Pay-Per-View
  • UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal prelims start time: 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT on ESPN and ESPN+

NOTE: To select the appropriate fight, click on the images with the yellow name plates at the bottom of the Fight Analytics window and drag until you see the fight you are interested in. Quick results are located below the Fight Analytics window.

UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal live results from Fight Island


UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal takes place on Saturday, July 11, on Fight Island on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. UFC 251 is the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first of four events during a 15-day span on Fight Island.

UFC President Dana White and Company restarted the professional sports world with UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje on May 9 followed by two more events in Jacksonville, Fla., all within an eight-day span.

UFC 251 features a championship tripleheader. It is headlined by welterweight champion Kamaru Usman putting his belt on the line against late-replacement Jorge Masvidal after original opponent Gilbert Burns was removed for testing positive for COVID-19. The UFC 251 co-main event sees featherweight titleholder Alexander Volkanovski put his belt on the line for the first time against Max Holloway, the man he took it from. The third title fight pits Petr Yan against Jose Aldo for the UFC bantamweight belt vacated by former champion Henry Cejudo.


Check out the MMAWeekly.com Rumors page for more scheduled events and rumored fight cards.


UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal Quick Results

Main Card (10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ Pay-Per-View)

  • Kamaru Usman (c) vs. Jorge Masvidal*
  • Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs Max Holloway**
  • Petr Yan vs. José Aldo***
  • Jéssica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas
  • Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant

Preliminary Card (6 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+)

  • Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka
  • Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Muslim Salikhov
  • Makwan Amirkhani vs. Danny Henry
  • Leonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov
  • Marcin Tybura vs. Maxim Grishin
  • Raulian Paiva vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
  • Karol Rosa vs. Vanessa Melo
  • Martin Day vs. Davey Grant

*For the  UFC welterweight championship
**For the  UFC featherweight championship
***For the  vacant UFC bantamweight championship


UFC 251 Face-Offs: Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal | Fight Island

(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

Dana White: UFC 251 is trending higher than a Conor McGregor fight | Fight Island

Dana White UFC 251 prefight scrum


UFC president Dana White is hit from all sides all the time. Just when he thinks he has things figured out, things explode, particularly during the ever unpredictable coronavirus pandemic.

One thing that White always counts on is mayhem, which is now his status quo. It’s just something he has to deal with and overcome. It’s his job.

Sometimes that mayhem leads to something even better. Case in point, White said on Friday that UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal is trending bigger than any fight he’s ever seen, including the Conor McGregor blockbusters.

Listen to everything Dana White had to say at the UFC 251 Fight Island pre-fight scrum from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

The UFC 251 headlining bout will see welterweight champion Kamaru Usman defend against Jorge Masvidal, a late-replacement and the BMF titleholder. UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski makes the first defense of his belt against Max Holloway, the man he took it from, in the UFC 251 co-main event. A third title bout featuring Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo for the vacant bantamweight belt is also slated for Saturday’s event.

UFC 251 is the first of four events that will be held over a 15-day span on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, the host for UFC Fight Island.

(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)


TRENDING > Video: Mike Perry punches man in restaurant, charged with assault


UFC 251 Face-Offs: Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal | Fight Island

(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

Dana White reacts to Mike Perry assault charge: ‘I saw this coming’

Dana White and Mike Perry


UFC welterweight fighter Mike Perry has always been an in-your-face kind of guy. But things finally got out of hand when he punched a man and knocked him out, and assaulted at least two other individuals (according to the police report).

Perry was caught on a Twitter video, which you can see here:
https://www.mmaweekly.com/video-mike-perry-punches-man-in-restaurant-charged-with-assault

Though he certainly didn’t see that specific event occurring, UFC president Dana White admitted at his UFC 251 pre-fight scrum on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi that he could see something like it coming.

“I saw this coming in the last several months with Mike Perry,” said White. “He obviously needs some help. That’s not normal behavior.”

(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)


TRENDING > Welcome to UFC Fight Island: Flash Forum Arena Behind the Scenes sneak peak video!


Official UFC Statement on Mike Perry, released to ESPN:

“UFC is aware and troubled by the video that was released last night concerning Mike Perry. The conduct displayed by Perry is not reflective of that of our organization. Perry apologized for his behavior and acknowledged he was disappointed with himself that his actions may have reflected poorly on UFC.

“He further acknowledged that he believes he has some issues related to alcohol abuse and has informed UFC that he has committed to immediately seek professional treatment, including substance and behavioral counseling. At this time, UFC has informed Perry that he will not be offered a bout, and the parties have agreed to evaluate next steps for Perry following the completion of his treatment program.”

UFC Announces Venum As New Exclusive Outfitting Partner

The UFC will have Venum as its new outfitting partner starting in April of 2021. For months now, it has been widely speculated that the UFC-Reebok deal is over at the end of the year and they would not renew. Many were pointing to the likes of Nike or Under Armor. But, on Friday morning, […]

The post UFC Announces Venum As New Exclusive Outfitting Partner appeared first on MMA News.