At the onset of announcing UFC 251 was a stunning fact. Not one, not two, but three championship bouts will be on the line. Fight Island was a concept created to get around COVID-19 related issues. UFC President Dana White was a visionary in that respect. In like manner have NBA and NHL officials used White’s single location theory to plot the returns of those sports. Originally this UFC betting spectacular was scheduled for Australia. But Fight Island in Abu Dhabi has proven to be a point of lesser resistance. Now let’s take an overview of UFC 251.
UFC 251 Usman vs. Burns Betting Information
|Date:||Saturday, July 11, 2020|
|Time:||8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET|
|Location:||UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|TV Coverage:||ESPN and ESPN+|
UFC 251 Main Card Odds
Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns Odds
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway Odds
Peter Yan vs. Jose Aldo Odds
Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas Odds
Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant Odds
UFC 251 Preliminary Card Odds
Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka Odds
Elizeu Dos Santos vs. Muslim Salikhov Odds
|Dos Santos||-105||Place Bets|
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Danny Henry Odds
Leonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov Odds
UFC 251 Betting Overview
The preliminary card will begin at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. In sum, there are four sportsbook matchups for the preliminary card. Main card action begins at 10 p.m. ET with five total bouts. The coverage will begin at 10 p.m. ET. Headlining the entire event is the welterweight championship fight between champion Kamaru Usman and challenger Gilbert Burns. While Alexander Volkanovski will defend his featherweight title against Max Holloway. And the open bantamweight title will be contested between Petr Yan and Jose Aldo.
Two women’s bouts are on the main card. Jessica Andrade will face Rose Namajunas in a strawweight matchup. And Amanda Ribas will face Paige VanZant in the flyweight division.
Spectacular Fight Island a Draw Itself
Due to the difficulty of international fighters being able to travel White set up Fight Island. Abu Dhabi has far fewer travel restrictions than most other countries. Fight Island itself is being set up with an outdoor octagon. It sits right on a beach for a sensational setting. Overall, the entire complex is a 10 square mile area for athletes, coaches, and UFC staff. Actual fights may take place elsewhere on the island. At bare minimum fighters will train on the beachside octagon.
White boasted that the UFC is a global business and “we’re the only ones pulling off live sports now.” He also said that if he keeps staging fights in the United States, he’d run out of talent soon. Thus, the move to Abu Dhabi will rest the Americans and get foreign combatants in action.
White is an over the top promoter with Can-Do American spirit that other sports have sorely lacked. Naturally, Fight Island is emblematic of his personality and the UFC. Not only are they’re going to fight but the venue is unique to anything else in the world.
Kamaru Usman’s Brutal Training of Champions
At the beginning of his title bout defense preparation has Kamaru Usman been going hard. Usman has been training in Colorado under the tutelage of head coach Trevor Wittman. Of course, Wittman is known for coaching Justin Gaethje to a title with the UFC betting odds. To illuminate Gaethje is the interim UFC lightweight champion. Wittman felt it made sense for Usman to train against Gaethje. Two champions going at it in practice makes for superior preparation according to Wittman.
So far neither champ is taking it easy on the other. In fact, Gaethje pummeled Usman in a 15-second barrage of body shots. This will be the second title defense for Usman when he faces Burns. Gaethje needs the sparring work too as he is expected to have a title bout in September.
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