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03.01.2020 | 8:05 PM ET

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UFC 251
  • Saturday 07.11.2020 at 10:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View | Prelims: ESPN
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Endeavor
  • Venue: UFC Fight Island
  • Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Jon Anik, Michael Bisping
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Jon Anik
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 1,300,000 | TV Ratings: 1M avg. viewers (ESPN prelims, 1.3M peak)
  • MMA Bouts: 13
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Bout   Info
Kamaru Usman   defeats   Jorge Masvidal   via Decision, Unanimous   5 Rounds, 25:00 Total Bout Page
Alexander Volkanovski   defeats   Max Holloway   via Decision, Split   5 Rounds, 25:00 Total Bout Page
Petr Yan   defeats   José Aldo   via KO/TKO, Ground and Pound   3:24 Round 5 of 5, 23:24 Total Bout Page
Rose Namajunas   defeats   Jéssica Andrade   via Decision, Split   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Amanda Ribas   defeats   Paige VanZant   via Submission, Armbar   2:21 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Jiří Procházka   defeats   Volkan Oezdemir   via KO/TKO, Overhand Right   0:49 Round 2 of 3, 5:49 Total Bout Page
Muslim Salikhov   defeats   Elizeu Zaleski   via Decision, Split   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Makwan Amirkhani   defeats   Danny Henry   via Submission, Anaconda Choke   3:15 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Leonardo Santos   defeats   Roman Bogatov   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Marcin Tybura   defeats   Maxim Grishin   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Raulian Paiva   defeats   Zhalgas Zhumagulov   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Karol Rosa   defeats   Vanessa Melo   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Davey Grant   defeats   Martin Day   via KO/TKO, Left Hook   2:38 Round 3 of 3, 12:38 Total Bout Page

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rkn5
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06.09.2020 | 2:43 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 7 of 13 Winners, 2 Perfect, 415 Points   |   Tied for 3062nd

Usman vs. Burns
Kamaru Usman, DEC
Split decision in another super close defense for the champ. Both their chins make it the distance in a fight that stays on the feet with both fighters avoiding a ground war. You have to beat the champ to be the champ in this one, and Burns will not completely out due the dominant Usman.

Volkanovski vs. Holloway II
Alexander Volkanovski, TKO, R3
Volkanovski is too sharp. Holloway I don't think wants it anymore. This time Volk catches Holloway with an over hand and put him out TKO via ground and pound.

Yan vs. Aldo
Petr Yan, TKO, R1
Yan is the man right now at 135. He will run through Aldo very soon.

Oezdemir vs. Procházka
Volkan Oezdemir, TKO, R3
Welcome to the UFC JP. Volkan looked good his last time out and I believe he will out talent the newcomer. Although the masses are picking JP, I like Volkan based on what I have seen in the past from him, and will finish the Czech later int he fight.

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06.09.2020 | 2:51 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 620 Points   |   Tied for 1143rd

Respect to Gilbert Burns. Look how easy that was to make, no months of trying to negotiate purses or whatever else. Just like that we have a title fight.

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06.09.2020 | 3:08 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 7 of 11 Winners, 0 Perfect, 365 Points   |   Tied for 3299th

Usman vs. Burns
Gilbert Burns
The Marty Party just ended Burns will be on him like he owed him money or got him wrong cake.

Volkanovski vs. Holloway II
Alexander Volkanovski
Sadly I think the crazy champs are all done, guys are getting to technical and too good of defense.

Yan vs. Aldo
José Aldo, TKO, R3
Same as before if he can make the weight, he should be way to much for yawn just kidding kids great but aldo explodes peoples head.

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06.09.2020 | 4:01 PM ET

Negative truth so dislike because ur afraid

Predictions: 8 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 530 Points   |   Tied for 2088th

Unpopular oppion but im not as exited for the 3 title fights as i should be. Im exited as all 3 are great fight but either skummy bussness **** or fight that u know the winner .

Yan vs Aldo is a bussness fight and not a sport fight and UFC shouldn't never do 2 bussness fights in the same division as it just logjams the division and the real uncrown champ Aljaman doesn't get a title shot while Yan get it over Faber and if he beat Aldo without fighting anyone on a winning streak, 

Holloway vs Volkonovski is a rematch where Volk put a clinic on Max for 5 rounds and Max has look like **** since the porrier fight as he should of finish 2019 Edgar. I dont care about rematch where the  first is a 5 round domuntion because u know who the better fighter and it not like the rematch will change, I dont get why so many people are picking Holloway

Usman vs Burn could be intresting because Usman could be scard of Burns ground game and be afraid to impregnate his legs , But because they train together, It could be real timid, but 100% the best fight out of the three. But I hate it because it also show that the fighter are basculy slave unless ur Conor as Masvidal want money and the UFC are **** saying **** u, we pay u **** or we skip the fight so **** you baldie 

* Edited at 06.09.2020, 4:12 PM ET *

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06.09.2020 | 4:07 PM ET

Predictions: 8 of 13 Winners, 1 Perfect, 465 Points   |   Tied for 2670th

Kamaru Usman   vs.   Gilbert Burns

Burns, KO/TKO R2.

This is a bad, bad fight for Usman. Gilbert has big, nasty power and speed to go along with it.  Usman has fairly Abysmal striking and striking defense generally speaking, and every second this fight stays off the fence or without him buried like a tick in Burns' balls is extremely dangerous for him.

Usman has two advantages; cardio, and pressure wrestling. Literally every other aspect of this fight favors burns. If Gilbert can stop Usman sticking to him, even to the extent that he gets a minute or so of space every round, then he's going to win in violent fashion. Usman has nothing to threaten him with other than a decision. Burns is not Colby. He doesn't throw pitter-patter, and is a far more rounded and accomplished striker. He's also just got five rounds under his belt against a solid wrestler--who incidentally he was able to reverse and dominate in the clinch. He's also a hulkbeast, not easy to manhandle for any wrestler--even one as proficient as Usman. Very fast twitch, dangerous on the ground......he's not the sort of cat wrestlers are going to enjoy trying to hump.

If the burns that just turned up turns up again here, then Kamaru is going to get smoked, horribly.
I think that's going to happen.

#And New.

* Edited at 06.09.2020, 4:22 PM ET *

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06.09.2020 | 6:22 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 645 Points   |   Tied for 911th

Usman vs. Burns
Kamaru Usman, DEC
God

Volkanovski vs. Holloway II
Alexander Volkanovski, DEC
Damn

Yan vs. Aldo
Petr Yan, TKO, R3
Stacked

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2020.06.09 10:40 PM ET

bout announced

Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Raulian Paiva at 125 lbs (56.7 kg)
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06.09.2020 | 11:07 PM ET

Predictions: 5 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 365 Points   |   Tied for 3334th

bad fight for usman, burns is +160, get your bets down early!

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06.09.2020 | 11:20 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 5 Perfect, 680 Points   |   Tied for 625th

Few years back I’d never have thought I’d be taking Gil Burns in a WW titles fight..yet at first thought on this fight, I gotta agree with @fish and @Phil here..

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06.10.2020 | 1:08 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 6 Perfect, 680 Points   |   Tied for 625th

Zhumagulov vs. Paiva
Raulian Paiva, DEC
xd zhumagulov is weak

rkn5
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06.10.2020 | 1:49 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 7 of 13 Winners, 2 Perfect, 415 Points   |   Tied for 3062nd

Zhumagulov vs. Paiva
Raulian Paiva, TKO, R2
Why Z? I see a Paiva KO, "pop" - in the face.

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06.10.2020 | 7:17 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 6 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 390 Points   |   Tied for 3213th

Oezdemir vs. Procházka
Volkan Oezdemir, DEC
Fun fight ! But Volkan is ranked 7, coming of solid wins over Latifi and Rakic (after a very controversial loss to Reyes), he should be fighting top fighters like Corey Anderson, Teixeira, Thiago Santos... Nothing to gain agaisnt a dangerous unranked and relatively unknown Prochazka... I guess the UFC wants to have a fresh contender right away, but Volkan might be to much for him right now.

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06.10.2020 | 12:22 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 645 Points   |   Tied for 911th

@TWJake @PIe it actually might end up being mid day if this is on Fight Island. UFC 242 was the same time zone and I believe that one started at 2pm EST?

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06.10.2020 | 12:25 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 2 Perfect, 565 Points   |   Tied for 1689th

 I think that was to accommodate the crowd of high paying and rich people, no fans this time correct?

Who knows?!!
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06.10.2020 | 4:24 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 9 of 10 Winners, 4 Perfect, 595 Points   |   Tied for 1391st

Usman vs. Burns
Gilbert Burns, DEC
I severely underestimated Gilbert in the Woodley fight and I sincerely apologize for that. Gilbert is fast and has a crazy amount of power and was able to out wrestle Tyron Woodley who is a phenomenal wrestler. Usman is powerful, but not as fast on the feet and I think Gilbert has an advantage on the feet. This should be a great fight and I can’t wait to see it. And New.

Volkanovski vs. Holloway II
Alexander Volkanovski, DEC
I think it will be a repeat of the first fight. Alexander is too fast and powerful and technical. Holloway needs to make major adjustments to win. He needs to check the leg kicks, and he needs to go first and not get pressured and boxed around from the outside. Easier said than done of course. Volkanovski by decision.

Yan vs. Aldo
Petr Yan, TKO, R2
Yan is a beast. He is fast and powerful and is slowly building up his resume getting wins over guys like Dodson, Rivera, and Faber. Jose is starting to slow down a bit and I think Yan takes this one quickly. Jose has a great chance of dragging Petr into deep waters however. He has a ton of 5 round experience and Yan has none. I favor Yan heavily in a 3 round fight and I favor Yan slightly in a 5 round championship fight.

Andrade vs. Namajunas II
Rose Namajunas, DEC
Rose was dominating and cleanly beating up Jessica in their first fight and because of a somewhat lucky slam it was over. I don’t think Rose makes another mistake here and I think this time she wins.

Oezdemir vs. Procházka
Volkan Oezdemir, DEC
Jiri is a beast from what I’ve seen. But Volkan is much sharper and cleaner and is the best guy Jiri has fought. This should be an interesting fight but I heavily favor Volkan to get the W.

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06.10.2020 | 8:42 PM ET




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2020.06.11 11:41 PM ET

bout announced

Vanessa Melo vs. Karol Rosa at 141 lbs (64.0 kg)
2020.06.12 9:32 AM ET

bout announced

Makwan Amirkhani vs. Danny Henry at 145 lbs (65.8 kg)
2020.06.13 11:49 AM ET

bout announced

Leonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov at 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
rkn5
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06.13.2020 | 9:03 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 7 of 13 Winners, 2 Perfect, 415 Points   |   Tied for 3062nd

Amirkhani vs. Henry
Danny Henry, TKO, R1
Henry surprises everyone with a flash TKO Rd 1

Santos vs. Bogatov
Roman Bogatov, TKO, R2
Maybe bogatov can upset the Brazilian vet?

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06.13.2020 | 9:20 PM ET

Predictions: 9 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 565 Points   |   Tied for 1697th

I thought that Leonardo was cut. I really am losing it`

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Amettxpc
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06.14.2020 | 4:02 AM ET

Predictions Comments

Predictions: 9 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 580 Points   |   Tied for 1538th

Usman vs. Burns
Burns, TKO, R3
Usman was Rocked by ''Pillow Fist'' Colby Covington, During has better boxing and He got the opportunity fighting against who the UFC wanted in short notice, he really deserves this opportunity more than Covington, Edwards or Masvidal.

Volkanovski vs. Holloway II
Alexander Volkanovski, DEC
I think the fight will be very similar to UFC 245, Volkanovski will explode the clinch and win again.

Yan vs. Aldo 
Petr Yan, DEC
I see a split decision: Aldo will win the fight by little difference, but Yan win the belt ...

Ribas vs. VanZant
Amanda Ribas, SUB, R2
First Mackenzie Dern, now Paige VanZant sure Maycee Barber will envy Ribas, she asked for those first names to add to her record.

Andrade vs. Namajunas II
Jessica Andrade, TKO, R1
I'm not a big fan of Bate Estaca, but Rose will surely have a flashback with the first knockout.

Munhoz vs. Edgar
Pedro Munhoz, TKO, R1
Pedro has a very dangerous striking, Frankie is no longer what he was. I think Peter will be very accurate and fast, and I see another heartbreaking knockout.

* Edited at 06.14.2020, 4:02 AM ET *

Amettxpc
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06.14.2020 | 4:38 AM ET

Predictions Comments

Predictions: 9 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 580 Points   |   Tied for 1538th

Oezdemir vs. Procházka
Volkan Oezdemir, TKO, R2
Jiri is an interesting addition to the LHW Division, but Volkan hooks up clean in the clinch and turns off the lights.

Zhumagulov vs. Paiva
Raulian Paiva, DEC
Pavia is a Tough Guy!

Amirkhani vs. Henry
Makwan Amirkhani, SUB, R2
Mr. Finland is a good grappler, maybe he wins with a guillotine choke or anaconda choke.

Santos vs. Bogatov
Leonardo Santos, TKO, R1
Lamparāo look incredible against Stevie Ray. Another walk-off knockout for Santos. 

* Edited at 06.14.2020, 4:39 AM ET *

rkn5
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06.15.2020 | 11:25 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 7 of 13 Winners, 2 Perfect, 415 Points   |   Tied for 3062nd

Melo vs. Rosa
Vanessa Melo, DEC
No ideas about these *******. Women's MMA is **** (except the 3 champions). But I'll take the underdog, because she lost to real female contenders. I'll go with the 7%

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