Fight Island is here:

After weeks of waiting and wondering what the UFC’s Fight Island on Yaz Island is going to look like, it’s finally here.

Saturday night, we get our first look at UFC Fight Island in UFC 251 on ESPN, UFC Fight Pass, ESPN+, and ESPN+ pay-per-view.

Prelim action from Yaz Island, Abu Dhabi begins the evening at 6 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. PT with four early prelims across ESPN, ESPN+, and UFC Fight Pass.

Late prelims continue the action at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on ESPN and ESPN+, followed by the five-fight main card at 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT on ESPN+ pay-per-view.

To order the main card on ESPN+ pay-per-view, access www.espnplus.com/ppv today.

For our Canadian audience, UFC 251 is available through all participating cable, satellite, and telco providers.

Call your cable company or order through your remote today.

EA Sports UFC 4 details to be revealed:

In addition to the 13-fight card on Saturday, UFC 251 will also feature the official reveal of details for the upcoming EA Sports UFC 4 video game, due out later this year.

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Three title fights:

Highlighting UFC 251 on Saturday night are three UFC championship contests.

First up, the vacant UFC Bantamweight championship is at stake when No. 3 contender Petr Yan (14-1) fights No. 6 contender Jose Aldo (28-6.)

The winner becomes the new UFC Bantamweight champ, succeeding the retired Henry Cejudo, who ended his MMA career back in May with a win against Dominick Cruz in the UFC 249 co-main event in Jacksonville.

In the co-main event of UFC 251, the UFC Featherweight championship is on the line when incumbent titleholder Alexander Volkanovski (21-1) battles No. 1 contender Max Holloway (21-5.)

Finally, in your main event of the evening, the UFC Welterweight title belt is the prize for either incumbent champ Kamaru Usman (16-1) or No. 3 contender Jorge Masvidal (35-13)

A late replacement:

As you know if you’ve been following along with this story, Masvidal steps in on six days’ notice for Usman’s original opponent, No. 1 contender Gilbert Burns (19-3), who withdrew from the event due to his positive test for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, along with both of his cornermen.

All three of these title fights will be a maximum of five rounds at five minutes per round.

Yan vs. Aldo:
Contender Comparison:

Heading into the first title fight of three on Saturday night, both Petr Yan and Jose Aldo stand level at 5-foot-7.

How they got here:

Petr Yan has posted a record of 5-0 in his last five UFC appearances.

Last time out, he scored a third-round knockout (head kick) of Urijah Faber last December in UFC 245.

In the other corner, Jose Aldo has gone 2-3 in his last five UFC outings, entering this title bout on a two-fight losing streak.

Most recently, he dropped a split decision to Marlon Moraes last December in UFC 245.

The Tale of the Tape:

UFC.com shows that Jose Aldo holds a three-inch reach advantage (70 inches to 67 inches) and a two-inch leg reach advantage (40 inches to 38 inches) over Petr Yan.

Prediction: Petr Yan by third-round knockout.

Co-Main Event: Volkanovski vs. Holloway:

Rematch:

This co-main event is a rematch of a fight that occurred in December at UFC 245, a contest won by Volkanovski (unanimous decision) in that night’s co-main event.

Contender Comparison:

Heading into your co-main event on Saturday night, challenger Holloway is the taller combatant, standing 5-foot-1, five inches taller than champion Volkanovski at 5-foot-6.

How they got here:

Volkanovski has posted a 5-0 record in his last five fights, defeating Holloway last time out in UFC 245 last December.

In the other corner, Holloway has gone 3-2 in his last five UFC appearances, including a unanimous decision victory against Frankie Edgar last year during UFC 240’s main event.

The Tale of the Tape:

UFC.com shows that Volkanovski holds a 1.5-inch reach advantage (71 inches to 69.5 inches) over Holloway, with Holloway owning a six-inch leg reach advantage (42 inches to 36 inches) over Volkanovski.

Prediction: Alexander Volkanovski by unanimous decision.

Main Event: Usman vs. Masvidal:

Contender Comparison:

Heading into the main event of UFC 251, champion Usman is the taller competitor at six feet even, an inch taller than challenger Masvidal’s 5-foot-11 frame.

How they got here:

Usman has gone undefeated (5-0) in his last five UFC appearances, most recently scoring a fifth-round TKO against Colby Covington back in December in UFC 245’s main event.

Covington sustained a broken jaw in the loss.

In the other corner, Masvidal has gone 3-2 in his last five UFC fights and enters Saturday night’s main event on a three-fight winning streak.

Last time out, he scored a third-round TKO (doctor’s stoppage- cut) against Nate Diaz in UFC 244’s main event back in November for the BMF title.

The Tale of the Tape:

UFC.com shows that Usman owns a two-inch reach advantage (76 inches to 74 inches) and a 1.5-inch leg reach advantage (41 inches to 39.5 inches) over Masvidal.

Prediction: Kamaru Usman by unanimous decision.

Other fights on Saturday night’s main card:

No. 1 contender Jessica Eye (20-7) vs. No. 2 contender Rose Namajunas (9-4) [Strawweight]

No. 14 contender Amanda Ribas (9-1) vs. Paige VanZandt (8-4) [Women’s Flyweight]

UFC 251 at a glance: (Saturday)

Early Prelims: 6 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. PT, ESPN, ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass

Late Prelims: 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT, ESPN and ESPN+

Main Card: 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT, ESPN+ pay-per-view

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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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