UFC 251, the primary of the UFC’s 4 “Fight Island” occasions this month, wrapped up Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with the final of three title fights on the cardboard. The bout was probably the most lopsided of the bunch.
Kamaru Usman grinded his strategy to a unanimous resolution over Jorge Masvidal to retain his welterweight belt. Usman was by no means at risk of dropping on the judges’ playing cards: He received the bout 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46, that means Masvidal received only one spherical on only one card.
Usman (17-1) used quite a lot of strikes, toe stomps and grappling to regulate Masvidal (35-14), who took the struggle on six days’ discover after Gabriel Burns was scratched for testing optimistic for COVID-19.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 12, 2020
“I’m just at levels better, I have more tools in the toolbox and when I need to pull them out I can pull them out and use them,” Usman advised ESPN after his win.
Usman’s win was his 16th straight and second profitable protection of his welterweight championship. Burns is more likely to get his shot at Usman subsequent.
The opposite title fights have been much more intriguing. Petr Yan pummeled Jose Aldo for the vacant bantamweight championship, and Alexander Volkanovski rallied to resolution Max Holloway of their rematch and retain his featherweight championship.
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And, no, it wasn’t shut. Usman virtually pitched a shutout, with Masvidal profitable only one spherical on one decide’s card.
Usman will get Masvidal down in the midst of the fifth and rides that lengthy sufficient to take the spherical. Masvidal will get to the toes within the ultimate minute however his try at a desperation knockout was by no means going to work. This ought to be a lopsided resolution for the champ.
Masvidal reveals an iron chin as he eats a number of exhausting strikes from Usman. It is on to the ultimate spherical, and it seems to be as if Usman is in command.
To the fourth. Masvidal was making an attempt to troll Usman by smiling within the earlier spherical.
— ESPN (@espn) July 12, 2020
Annnnd, one other low blow: Masvidal takes this one within the third, though one replay confirmed that possibly the shot was authorized.
One other conflict of heads leaves Masvidal bleeding from the brow. This one might have stitches. Usman comes out sturdy within the third in opposition to an opponent who took the struggle on lower than every week’s discover and needed to minimize a bunch of weight to get to 170 kilos.
The primary occasion is underway. Good motion within the first spherical. Masvidal was bleeding from an unintended conflict of heads.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 12, 2020
Volkanovski retains by break up resolution. Scores are 48-47, 47-48, 48-47. Now it is on to the principle occasion.
The struggle goes the gap. To the judges’ playing cards. Volkanovski labored his method again into the struggle with higher work in Rounds 3 and 4. Spherical 5 ought to resolve this.
We’re halfway by means of Volkanovski-Holloway, and it seems to be as if the challenger is in management. Observers have Holloway profitable the primary two rounds.
Petr Yan bludgeons Jose Aldo in a fifth-round TKO and grabs the undisputed bantamweight belt. Yan had the previous champion in hassle on the bottom a number of occasions within the struggle, however the end did not come till after Yan had break up open Aldo’s face with floor and pound halfway by means of the fifth. The referee gave Aldo method an excessive amount of time to recuperate and reply the barrage of strikes from Yan.
Petr Yan wins by TKO (+110) in a heavy beatdown over Jose Aldo.
— Barstool Bets (@barstoolbets) July 12, 2020
Vital strikes have been 62-1 Yan within the ultimate spherical, per @ESPNStatsInfo
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 12, 2020
It is time for the title fights, beginning with Yan-Aldo.
Rose Namajunas takes a break up resolution from Jessica Andrade in their rematch. This was a straight slugfest that left each fighters bloodied. It was contested virtually completely on the toes, however each girls escaped takedowns within the third spherical. Two judges had the bout 29-28 for Namajunas and the opposite decide had it 29-28 for Andrade. A Fight of the Night time candidate.
— The Sports activities Keg🍺💭™️ (@TheSportsKegRPS) July 12, 2020
The primary struggle of the principle card is over rapidly: Amanda Ribas submits Paige VanZant with an armbar at 2:21 of the primary spherical. This was the final struggle of VanZant’s UFC contract.
— UFC (@ufc) July 12, 2020
And whereas it may appear as if Ribas’ MMA file is 100-1 after that effort, it’s simply 10-1.
— Busted Protection (@bustedcoverage) July 12, 2020
Jiri Prochazka ends the prelims in type with a clear two-punch knockout of Volkan Oezdemir:
Jiri Prochazka (+140) will get the knockout on Volkan Oezdemir 😴
What a proper hook 🥊 👀 pic.twitter.com/rsoexlGiW6
— The Motion Community (@ActionNetworkHQ) July 12, 2020
The theme of the evening/morning has turn into low blows. There have been a couple of of ’em:
Goddard was STARING at this and did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING pic.twitter.com/Ob2xwYDcfS
— Judicar Lee (@sundancermma) July 12, 2020
drained: low blow
— calhoun (@calhounlink) July 11, 2020
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