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Usman vs Masvidal UFC 251 - MMA News & Odds

Usman vs Masvidal UFC 251 - MMA News & Odds

July 8, 2020

When the president of the UFC, Dana White, said that nothing would stop him from fighting, he mentioned that he would get an island to do international events there. It sounded crazy – and it is – but White kept his word and it’s time to welcome Fight Island. To that end, the UFC formed one of the most absurd fight cards ever seen, with three fights per championship, on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island. Let’s see how the fighters come to this Usman vs. Masvidal for you to make your bets against their UFC odds.

Usman vs Masvidal | UFC 251 July 11 2020

Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal – Welterweight Championship

When Gilbert Burns tested positive for Covid-19, the whole planet of MMA came to a standstill, the stellar fight was ruined. Who, moreover, in their right mind would accept a fight against Kamaru Usman with only a week of preparation? Make way for ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal.

Usman has an elite Greco-Roman fight, probably the best in the UFC, and certainly the best of the 170 pounds. But as we saw in his defence against Covington, he can stand up and look solid.

With creepy cardio, Usman can perform the 25 minutes without a problem, something that can be really useful when facing someone who won’t have much preparation and who will also have to cut weight drastically, as it’s rumored that Masvidal must lose about 20 pounds to be in championship weight.

Masvidal was the star of 2019, knocking out Darren Till in his London homeland, taking the undefeated Ben Askren in just five seconds with one knee straight to the head, in Madison Square Garden, and ending the year with The Rock tightening the belt on the Son of P- the Baddest in the Industry, when he broke Nate Diaz for three rounds, until the doctors stopped the fight.

Masvidal has more than earned this opportunity, however, conditions are not at all favorable for him. That said, with 48 professional fights and being in the MMA world since 2003, nothing is new to Masvidal, who also has 16 wins by way of chloroform and has a jaw that resists more than a fighter should.

With prolific boxing, tireless elbows in the clinch, and a drive to always go out in front looking for the finish, Masvidal is one of the most attractive fighters to see in the octagon.

However, the adversity that the Cuban-American will face are of great weight. Therefore, the recommended bet is Usman -265.

Alexander Volkanovski vs Max Holloway – Featherweight Championship

Volkanovski, despite being a champion, is not a very famous name, since his arrival at the top was quiet, but violent. With a record of 21-1, Volkanovksi climbed like a lion at 145 pounds and surprised the world by defeating Holloway.

Holloway, for his part, is recognized as the best featherweight in history, and he wants his legacy to return with a belt on his waist. This fight will stand in the middle of the octagon, with both fighters looking to trade off until they connect enough to shut down their opponent.

The recommended bet is for Max Holloway +185, who must regain his throne at any cost to avoid falling into the 145-pound chasm.

Petr Yan vs Jose Aldo – Bantamweight World Championship

The 135-pound crown became vacant after Henry Cejudo’s surprising retirement. Now, we will have a duel of contrasts to define the new king of the Peso Gallo. Petr Yan is a beast who has been knocking down every obstacle in his path with hard knocks and great kick boxing. With a 14-1 record, it’s his time to assert himself.

Jose Aldo is just the opposite, he is a legend of the sport, who simply wants to prove that he still has cartridges to burn, after leaving the 145-pound division. Aldo possesses a great head movement, a lethal counter-attack and the best leg kicks in the industry.

The recommended bet is on Petr Yan -225. Although he has not faced anyone of this magnitude, stopping the Russian seems to be quite complicated.

UFC 251 Full Card July 11, 2020

  • Bantamweight. Martin Day (-180) vs. Davey Grant (+150)
  • Women Bantamweight. Vanessa Melo (+200) vs. Karol Rosa (-240)
  • Flyweight. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (+150) vs. Raulian Paiva (-180)
  • Heavyweight. Maxim Grishin (-115) vs. Marcin Tybura (-115)
  • Lightweight. Leonardo Santos (-190) vs. Roman Bogatov (+155)
  • Welterweight. Elizeu Zaleski (+100) vs. Muslim Salikhov (-130)
  • Featherweight. Makwan Amirkhani (-200) vs. Danny Henry (+160)
  • Light Heavyweight. Volkan Oezdemir (-170) vs. Jiri Prochazca (+140)
  • Women Flyweight. Amanda Ribas (-830) vs. Paige VanZant (+530)
  • Women Strawweight. Rose Namajunas (-200) vs. Jessica Andrade (+160)
  • Bantamweight. Jose Aldo (+185) vs. Petr Yan (-225)
  • Featherweight. Alex Volkanovski (-225) vs. Max Holloway (+185)
  • Welterweight. Kamaru Usman (-265) vs. Jorge Masvidal (+200)