UFC 251 is here and it certainly contains some great fights. Jose Aldo will certainly draw a crowd. Max Holloway is also fighting Alexander Volkanovski for the featherweight title. This rematch from UFC 245 is one of the most anticipated events of the night.
Here is our preview from some of the biggest events on Saturday nights card.
Kamaru Usman v Jorge Masvidal, UFC Welterweight title, Saturday, July 11th, 11.50pm
Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal is the main event at the rescheduled UFC 251. The event is at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday night.
Gilbert Burns was supposed to face current champion Kamaru Usman in the headline Welterweight bout but had to withdraw after he and his coach tested positive for Covid-19. In stepped Jorge Masvidal as his replacement, who’s the underdog at (+200).
The ever-improving Usman should win this at ‘Fight Island’ but his odds of (-285) to do so are in no way enticing.
‘Gamebred’ hasn’t had a fight since a victory against Nate Diaz back at UFC 244 and has had very little notice for his first UFC title fight. We’re plumping for the ‘Nigerian Nightmare” to make it 11-0 in his UFC career with a KO, TKO or Disqualification at (+150) at Canplay.
Alexander Volkanovski v Max Holloway, UFC Featherweight title, Saturday, July 11th, 10.30 p.m.
“I’ll put him away inside five rounds,” insisted Alexander Volkanovski ahead of his Featherweight Championship rematch with Max Holloway, having won a unanimous decision against the same opponent at UFC 245.
The Australian hasn’t been beaten in seven years, boasting a 19-0 record in the interim, and is heavy favorite here at (-235) to retain his title.
However, their previous clash back in December was relatively close with two of the three judges marking it 48-47 in “The Great’s” favor.
Holloway claims he hasn’t sparred ahead of the rematch, insisting that he trained with his coaches via Zoom. Volkanovski has taken these statements with a pinch of salt, as do we. The Hawaiian will be eager to reclaim the title he defended three times before his loss to Saturday’s opponent. We believe he represents good value to do just that at (+170).
His last three fights have gone the distance and we quite fancy a Holloway win by Decision or Technical Decision at (+250) at Canplay.
Petr Yan v José Aldo, UFC Bantamweight title, Saturday, July 11th, 10 p.m.
It’s Petr Yan facing José Aldo for the vacant bantamweight title. The Russian is the heavy favorite against the two-time UFC Featherweight champion who is (+170).
Henry Cejudo’s retirement after UFC 249 has left the belt up for grabs and it has set up an intriguing clash between a rising star and a wily legend.
The Brazilian star lost his only bout at this weight – to Marlon Moraes – although it did come down to a split decision. Meanwhile, “No Mercy” is 6-0 in his burgeoning UFC career. It’s difficult to look beyond the younger contender here but, again, the odds of (-240) don’t appeal. It is (+140) for it to go the distance which is decent value. However, it is certainly no guarantee.
Yan scored a knockout in his last bout, against another fading star in Urijah Faber, and we expect him to repeat that feat here and claim the vacant title.
The Russian to win by KO, TKO or Disqualification sparks some interest at (+110) but we reckon a Yan win in Round 2 represents pretty good value at (+600) at Canplay.