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UFC 251: Usman Vs. Masvidal Quick Results, Ongoing Blog

Welcome to UFC 251 [1] and the first event from Fight Island [2].

Tonight’s card features three title fights headlined by Kamaru Usman defending his welterweight crown against top contender Jorge Masvidal.

The fighters, corners and other personnel have all been in Abu Dhabi on Yas Island for several days. Tests have been conducted to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus, and now, we are ready for fight night.

Along with Usman defending against Masvidal, Alexander Volkanovski puts his featherweight belt on the line vs. former champion Max Holloway. Volkanovski won the belt from Holloway via split decision.

In the third title fight, Petr Yan and former champion Jose Aldo collide for the vacant bantamweight belt. 

The pay-per-view main card is rounded out by Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas colliding in a rematch along with Amanda Ribas taking on Paige VanZant.

On the ESPN, ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass Prelims, light heavyweights Volkan Oezdemir and Jiri Prochazka headline the events. 

Seven other fights are set to take place.

We will be providing an ongoing blog of the event along with quick results, which you can find below. The blog coverage begins on the next page.

UFC 251: Usman Vs. Masvidal Quick Results

Kamaru Usman def. Jorge Masvidal via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46) to remain UFC welterweight champion

Alexander Volkanovski def. Max Holloway via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) to remain UFC featherweight champion

Petr Yan def. Jose Aldo via TKO (strikes) at 3:24 of Round 5 to become the new UFC bantamweight champion

Rose Namajunas def. Jessica Andrade via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Amanda Ribas def. Paige VanZant via submission (armbar) at 2:21 of Round 1

Jiri Prochazka def. Volkan Oezdemir via KO (strike) at :49 of Round 2

Muslim Salikhov def. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Makwan Amirkhani def. Danny Henry via submission (anaconda choke) at 3:15 of Round 1

Leonardo Santos def. Roman Bogatov via unanimous decision (29-26, 29-26, 29-26)

Marcin Tybura def. Maxim Grishin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Raulian Paiva def. Zhalgas Zhumagulov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Karol Rosa def. Vanessa Melo via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

Davey Grant def. Martin Day via KO (strike) at 2:38 of Round 3

UFC 251 Early Prelims

Bantamweights Davey Grant and Martin Day are starting us off with a bang. Nice striking exchanges and some big strikes by both fighters are finding a home. Grant using his wrestling to gain an advantage in the early stages. 

Literally out of nowhere, Grant connects and this one is all over. He hit Day so hard with a perfectly placed left on the chin that the ref pretty much stepped in before Day landed on the canvas. 

What a way to kickoff the night! 

Strong win for Karol Rosa over Vanessa Melo, as she sweeps the scorecards with two judges giving her a 10-8 round. She also picked up a portion of Melo’s purse after the fighter missed weight. 

Zhalgas Zhumagulov was hit with a nasty, nasty low blow late in his catchweight bout with Raulian Paiva, but the judges did not rule in his favor. 

In the lone heavyweight contest of the night, Marcin Tybura wore down Maxim Grishin to claim a decision victory.

UFC 251 Prelims

After sitting through some slower-paced action, leave it to Leonardo Santos to get us going here. 

Santos stormed through Roman Bogatov in a lightweight contest, dropping him in the second with a series of shots. However, Santos appeared to punch himself out, as Bogatov survived and even gained control in the round. 

After all that weirdness, Santos earned the decision. 

Makwan Amirkhani with a takedown into a choke and he forces Danny Henry to tap right before he goes out. Amirkhani, ever the professional, helped try to get Henry back to consciousness immediately after releasing the hold.

Fun little back-and-forth battle in the welterweight division between Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Muslim Salikhov, as Salikhov was able to score the decision. 

Well, there is a new contender in the light heavyweight division, as Jiri Prochazka stops Volkan Oezdemir in the second round.

Prochazka never backed down from Oezdemir, taunting him early in the fight. Moments into the start of the second, the former Rizin champion caught him flush with a head-kick. 

The 27-year-old is now 27-3-1 with 24 career wins via knockout, but none bigger than this in his UFC debut. 

UFC 251 Main Card

To the surprise of nobody, Amanda Ribas attacked the surgically-repaired arm of Paige VanZant early and often. 

And, just over two minutes later, Ribas kicked off the main card with a submission win over VanZant via armbar. 

With this being her final fight on her contract, and husband Austin Vanderford a member of the Bellator MMA roster, we have likely seen the last of VanZant inside the Octagon.

In early 2019, Jessica Andrade welcomed Rose Namajunas to Brazil and promptly slammed her to the canvas to claim the UFC strawweight title. Over a year later, Namajunas earned some revenge, pulling out a split decision.

There is a new bantamweight champion, as Petr Yan stopped Jose Aldo late in the fifth round to claim the vacant belt.

Yan, a 27-year-old from Russia, earned his 15th career win and seventh inside the Octagon. None, though, were bigger than this one as he took out the former champion and legend in Aldo.

UFC 251 Co-Main/Main Events

For the second consecutive time, Alexander Volkanovski pulled off a split decision win over Max Holloway. While the first earned him the UFC featherweight title, this cemented his standing as a defense.

Despite Holloway coming out strong, Volkanovski survived the onslaught, rallying in the later rounds. He has now won 19 consecutive fights, which is tied for third with fellow UFC champion Israel Adesanya for the best active run.

Showing just how prepared he was, Jorge Masvidal out-landed Kamaru Usman in the first round of the main event, 48-29.

However, the champion rallied back in the second with a strong run, out-landing Masvidal 80-20 in terms of strikes. The “wrestler” continued to show his strong striking, out-landing Masvidal 229-111 and connecting on almost 80 percent of his strikes at one point.

At the end of the five-round battle, Usman had out-landed Masvidal 252-125 including 91-73 while scoring on five takedowns to earn a successful title defense.