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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: 809,000 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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TWJake
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07.01.2020 | 6:56 PM ET

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

just telling you what i heard

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Xconchris
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07.01.2020 | 7:08 PM ET

Predictions: 9 of 13 Winners, 7 Perfect, 665 Points   |   Tied for 784th

I heard that rumor as well @jake. Also that OneFc will be placing bullet ants on fighters testicles who go to decision to encourage more finishes.

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Hippie
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07.01.2020 | 7:20 PM ET

Predictions: 7 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 480 Points   |   Tied for 2589th





NickySwaz
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07.01.2020 | 8:39 PM ET

Predictions: 0 of 0 Winners, 0 Perfect, 0 Points   |   Tied for 3909th

@damien aljo is more marketable than Pete that’s a fact, they want Pete to sell ppvs? Than one speak English (that’s why Aldo wasn’t a draw) and two make Russia have to buy them. I personally don’t care how they treat fighters. These guys want to make money than go the Darren Elkins or stipe route and get a job with a pension or sell houses like Ragin Al. Jon jones you want more money pal? Sorry you got into the wrong sport, his brothers make more money in 2 years than he has his whole career. As much as we love this sport it’s still on the fringes of society, and until then fighters will be the elephants in the circus getting peanuts while the ringleader has a fist full of cash 

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NickySwaz
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07.01.2020 | 8:41 PM ET

Predictions: 0 of 0 Winners, 0 Perfect, 0 Points   |   Tied for 3909th

But i agree with you bud, one has the better system I’ll just let tepid take the heat for spearheading them. UFC needs the Mexican mafia to back them like the yakuza did for pride, been sitting on the beach watching Yan fights all day so sorry I’m a bit fried 

* Edited at 07.01.2020, 8:42 PM ET *

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mickey420
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07.01.2020 | 9:14 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 640 Points   |   Tied for 937th

Chatri purchased Rodtang when Rodtang was 11 years old and now Chatri forces Rodtang to fight or else he goes back into slave labor


that's what i heard at least
TWJake
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07.01.2020 | 9:24 PM ET

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

somebody told me chatri loots burning orphanages and mugs defenseless children to keep ONE afloat, but dont take my word for that

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mickey420
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07.01.2020 | 9:26 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 640 Points   |   Tied for 937th

Chatri is the King of Karate (& martial arts in general too)

* Edited at 07.01.2020, 9:27 PM ET *

tepid55
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07.01.2020 | 9:47 PM ET

Predictions: 8 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 515 Points   |   Tied for 2222nd

@mickey420

Chatri was a Muay Thai fighter.  He also has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

* Edited at 07.01.2020, 11:00 PM ET *

freemoneyforall
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07.01.2020 | 10:02 PM ET

Predictions: 4 of 13 Winners, 1 Perfect, 255 Points   |   Tied for 3640th

Chatri vs dana white for one billion dolloooooo

* Edited at 07.01.2020, 10:04 PM ET *

freemoneyforall
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07.01.2020 | 10:05 PM ET

Predictions: 4 of 13 Winners, 1 Perfect, 255 Points   |   Tied for 3640th

Interesting fact the original plan for the octagon was not a cage. It was gonna have a moat around it with alligators.
mickey420
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07.01.2020 | 10:12 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 640 Points   |   Tied for 937th

Chatri lives on Fight Island but the MSM refuses to speak about it....
AustinLaxton
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07.01.2020 | 10:44 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 7 Perfect, 675 Points   |   Tied for 682nd

Usman vs. Burns
Kamaru Usman, DEC
This should be a good one

tepid55
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07.01.2020 | 11:09 PM ET

Predictions: 8 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 515 Points   |   Tied for 2222nd

@mickey420

He's from Singapore, not the United Arab Emirates.
ImperatorFishrat
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07.02.2020 | 12:34 AM ET

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

Alexander Volkanovski   vs.   Max Holloway  
Volkanovski, dec.


I don't think Max should be as much of a Dog as he is here. I've seen him ranging from +160 onwards which is disrespectful given that the first fight was closer than the final scorecards indicated. Really Max could take back the belt and I wouldn't **** a chicken.


I'm still taking Volkanovski however because I feel like The Great kind of just has his number and has the physicality and attributes to cause Max fits--namely he's a  cardio machine, a consistent TD threat, excellent in the phone booth and has unusually long reach for a short guy. On top of that his hand speed is very good, he can take a shot, and his boxing defense is superb. He was able to shut Max down on the outside and through the middle and piece him up in close before ducking out of Max's counters. Thing about Max is that he's very heavy on his lead leg, and I don't think he can change that and fight anything like his best fight. Volkanovski is always going to chop the **** out of it. This forces him to switch to Goofy. and he's not very good in that stance TBH. Volkanovski also always going to have the grappling and fence-grinding advantage, and though he didn't get any top time the first go around that's always factor because his top game is nasty as ****.


Long and short of it is, Max has to fight a very specific kind of fight to pull out the W, and that involves staying in orthodox stance, somehow protecting his lead leg without getting pieced up in the process. That's assuming that Volkanovski doesn't have something else up his sleeve to deal with those adjustments himself. There are paths to Victory for Max,and they're paved with knees up the middle and body work. Volk seems to get better every time I see him however and his fight IQ is off the chain. Picked him the first time, can't pick against him this time. A finish from either guy is more likely this fight.

* Edited at 07.02.2020, 1:04 AM ET *

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DamienHandel420
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07.02.2020 | 3:53 AM ET

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

One is better then UFC dont at me ***** because they don't have the ******** and just swing hands only complant is that I want to see they MMA champ fight again soon. One fighter are underated and i think alot of them will do well in the UFC and would take over the UFC especaly in the lighter wightclass

* Edited at 07.02.2020, 4:03 AM ET *

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tepid55
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07.02.2020 | 9:20 AM ET

Predictions: 8 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 515 Points   |   Tied for 2222nd

@DamienHandel420

In my opinion ONE's weight class structure is superior to any "mainstream" MMA promotion that allows, if not encourages fighters to cut a lot of weight.

* Edited at 07.02.2020, 9:21 AM ET *

freemoneyforall
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07.02.2020 | 9:25 AM ET

Predictions: 4 of 13 Winners, 1 Perfect, 255 Points   |   Tied for 3640th

@tepid ones weightclasses and supposed no weight cutting is malarkey. Both Eddie Alvarez and Demetrius Johnson are clearly fighting guys bigger then they are. 
tepid55
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07.02.2020 | 9:29 AM ET

Predictions: 8 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 515 Points   |   Tied for 2222nd

@free

My point was that ONE's system is much better for the overall health of the fighters.
Xconchris
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07.02.2020 | 9:43 AM ET

Predictions: 9 of 13 Winners, 7 Perfect, 665 Points   |   Tied for 784th

My point was bullet ants on testicles guarantee finishes in fights

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