Petr Yan is the UFC bantamweight champion. In the fifth round, he forced his opponent Jose Aldo to retire. Petr became the second UFC champion from Russia. Here are all the results of UFC 251.
The early prelims of UFC 251 will start at 6 pm ET. You can watch it HERE. Preliminary bouts start at 8 pm. You can watch them here HERE and HERE. The main card starts at 10 pm. It will be shown here HERE. Below is the entire fight card:
UFC President Dana White spoke on Conor McGregor, the former champion of the organization in two weight categories, and his retirement. White noted that Conor became very rich, so now he can choose what to do. At the same time, White did not rule out that next year the Irishman could return to the octagon.
Former UFC champion in two weight categories Daniel Cormier spoke out about the upcoming fight of Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman. According to DC, if Masvidal wins this fight, he will become a legend.
Javier Mendez, the head coach of the AKA Gym, and also a coach of Khabib Nurmagomedov, said he would support any decision of his ward about his future.
Jorge Masvidal will go on a duel against Kamaru Usman immediately without two members of his team. As it became known, Jorge's trainer Mike Brown tested positive for coronavirus. Therefore, he could not fly with his ward in Abu Dhabi to the Fight Island. Also, a positive test for coronavirus showed the trainer Gabriel de Oliveira.
Russian MMA fighter Vyacheslav Vasilevsky spoke on the coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. He noted how hard it will be for his son Khabib to cope with his father's death.
Former UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier wants to become the first fighter to defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov. Moreover, Poirier is ready to fight Khabib, even if the championship belt is not at stake. According to the Diamond, he does not feel anger with Khabib, he wants to take revenge for the sake of his legacy.
A week before the beginning UFC 251 card loses one of the participants in the main event. This is about Gilbert Burns, who was supposed to fight for the welterweight championship against Kamaru Usman. The fact is that the Brazilian became infected with the coronavirus, so was forced to withdraw from the battle. Usman's new rival is Jorge Masvidal now. This was officially announced today by the UFC.
Reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones said he saved a man during US Independence Day celebrations on July 4. Jones is ranked first in the P4P ranking of UFC fighters.