UFC 251: Usman vs Masvidal MMA Streams Reddit 11 Jul 2020

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Live UFC 251: Usman vs Masvidal MMA Streams Reddit 11 Jul 2020. UFC 251 will go down in history, no matter what. Mainly because it’s the plot of entering The Dragon and Mortal Kombat come to life. UFC 251: Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal MMA Streams Reddit 11 Jul 2020.

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Who’s fighting?

Main card

  • Lightweight interim title bout: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal
  • Bantamweight title bout: Henry Cejudo (c) vs. Dominick Cruz
  • Heavyweight bout: Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
  • Featherweight bout: Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar
  • Heavyweight bout: Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan de Castro

Prelims

  • Welterweight bout: Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis
  • Heavyweight bout: Aleksei Oleinik vs. Fabrício Werdum
  • Women’s Strawweight bout: Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson
  • Middleweight bout: Uriah Hall vs. Ronaldo Souza
  • Welterweight bout: Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price
  • Featherweight bout: Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa
  • Light Heavyweight bout: Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey

Early prelims

  • Michael Johnson vs. Khama Worthy
  • Sijara Eubanks vs. Sarah Moras
  • Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey

Start time

UFC 251 takes place on Saturday, 11 Jul in the US. Although unlike most UFC events we can expect, given the current situation with COVID-19, this is a fluid situation. Times and dates could change at any time. We’ll endeavor to keep this as up-to-date as possible.

US

  • The main card starts at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT)
  • The prelims start at 8 p.m. ET
  • The early prelims start at 6:15 p.m. ET

UK

(Note in the UK UFC 251 starts Sunday, May 10.)

  • The main card starts at 3 a.m. GMT
  • The prelims start at 1 a.m. GMT
  • The early prelims start at 11:15 p.m. GMT

Australia

(Note in Australia UFC 251 starts on Sunday, May 10.)

  • The main card starts at 12 p.m. AEDT
  • The prelims start at 10 a.m. AEDT
  • The early prelims start at 8:15 a.m. AEDT

UFC 251 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena

The mixed martial arts promotion announced its plans Friday to return to action after postponing and canceling several shows due to the coronavirus pandemic.

UFC 251 will be held on 11 Jul at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville with no fans in attendance. The pay-per-view show will still be headlined by Kamaru Usman’s interim lightweight title bout against Jorge Masvidal.

UFC president Dana White also plans to hold shows on 13 May and 16 May at the same arena in northern Florida. Only “essential personnel” will be in the arena, according to White.

“I can’t wait to deliver some great fights for the fans,” White said in a statement. “My team is ready to go and the fighters are excited to get back in there with these back-to-back events.”

The UFC has been out of action since holding a full fight card in an empty arena in Brazil on 14 March. But White has been determined to return to action while the rest of the sports world remains shut down.

UFC 251 was almost held on tribal land in central California on 18 April, but the show was postponed on 9 April at the insistence of ESPN and Disney, the UFC’s broadcast partners. Prominent California state officials were opposed to the UFC’s plan to hold a show there. However, the promotion’s plans have satisfied Florida officials, including the Florida State Boxing Commission, which regulates MMA in the state.

“The UFC organization is a renowned entertainment brand that’s presented a safe and sensible plan to use this Jacksonville location, and we are thrilled to have our city highlighted nationally,” Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said.

ESPN also is on board with White’s current plan, according to a statement issued by the network: “Sports play an important role in people’s lives and can bring moments of escape in challenging times. We look forward to bringing UFC to fans again.”

The UFC issued a brief statement about its health and safety precautions for the shows in Florida. The promotion says all athletes and staff will be held to “a number of precautionary measures, such as participating in advanced medical screenings and temperature checks and following social distancing guidelines.”

UFC 251 will include two title fights, with bantamweight champ Henry Cejudo defending his belt against former champion Dominick Cruz. The card also includes a heavyweight bout between contenders Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik, along with a matchup of veteran contenders Anthony Pettis and Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.

Only a few UFC fighters have voiced concern about White’s determination to keep fighting amid the pandemic, and most have been publicly eager to return despite the worldwide health concerns. MMA fighters traditionally don’t get paid unless they compete, although Bellator and other promotions have given aid to their fighters in recent weeks after shutting down.

What will go?

Helwani: It’s hard to choose just one. First, it’s just so bizarre that the fight we all thought was going to happen (and wanted), then died, got brought back to life on a week’s notice. What a sport. But I guess when you’re the BMF champ, you’re built for things like this. Can you imagine if Masvidal finally wins the UFC belt under these circumstances? He started two decades ago in the backyards of Miami, then grinded for 17 years, sees his popularity explode last year, wins the Fighter of the Year award, then is sidelined for most of 2020 and now he is days away from realizing a dream of being UFC champion. No one could have scripted this, but it is very fun. Here’s hoping both fighters pass the multiple COVID-19 tests and protocols coming their way and we finally get to see this grudge match play out in less than a week.

Okamoto: I’m surprised it came together, but I probably shouldn’t be. The UFC and its athletes have shown time and again this sport can be incredibly nimble when it needs to be. The UFC has been willing to step on the gas, roll the dice and every other metaphor you can think of during this pandemic — and its athletes are almost always ready to jump at an opportunity. To be honest, I wish I could see this fight with a full buildup. I wish I could see it after both Usman and Masvidal have had full training camps, preparing for each other. But it’s no secret Masvidal has been training regularly, even during his contract dispute with the UFC, and Usman is obviously ready to go. This is the fight the sport wanted this entire time — it’s just a weird way to get to it. But hey, that’s 2020. And by the way, it’s great news the UFC and Masvidal are (at least for now) back on good terms. I will be interested to see if Masvidal will continue championing for better conditions for all athletes, even after his recent issues with the UFC have been resolved.

How to watch UFC 251

This year the UFC entered a new partnership with ESPN. That’s great news for the UFC and the expansion of the sport of MMA, but bad news for consumer choice. If you want to watch UFC live in the US especially.

In the US, if you’re looking for how to watch UFC 251, you’ll only find the fight night on PPV through ESPN Plus. The cost structure is a bit confusing, but here are the options to watch UFC on ESPN, according to ESPN’s site.

  • Existing yearly ESPN Plus subscribers can order the upcoming UFC fight for $65.
  • Existing monthly ESPN Plus subscribers will be able to either upgrade to an annual plan and buy UFC PPV for $85 or purchase the ability to watch UFC PPV for $65 by itself.
  • New ESPN Plus subscribers can buy a bundle of one UFC PPV event (streaming in HD) and an ESPN Plus annual recurring subscription for $85. The ESPN Plus annual ESPN subscription will auto-renew after one year, at the price of an ESPN Plus annual subscription at the time of autorenewal.

MMA fans in the UK looking for how to watch UFC 251, will find it exclusively through BT Sport. There are more options to watch UFC live if you live in Australia. You can watch UFC 251 through Main Event on Foxtel. You can also stream online on the UFC website or watch UFC live online using its app to stream on your computer or smart TVs. You can even order UFC using your PlayStation 4 to watch the fight or stream using the UFC app on your Xbox One.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship plans to hold a pay-per-view event on tribal land in Central California this month, an attempted end-run around widespread federal and state guidelines against holding large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, according to three people familiar with the decision.

Even as most sporting events have ground to a halt worldwide because of the highly contagious virus, Dana White, the U.F.C. president, has insisted he can safely hold mixed martial arts events.

“This place where this fight is going to be on 11 Jul I have locked up for two months, so I’m going to continue to pump fights out,” White told ESPN on Monday, though he declined to say exactly where.

The location will be the Tachi Palace Casino Resort near Lemoore, Calif., about 40 miles south of Fresno, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because White had not announced the venue. The casino, which closed the night of March 20 because of the pandemic, is on land belonging to the Tachi-Yokut Tribe, part of the federally recognized Santa Rosa Indian Community.

A representative of the Tachi Palace Casino Resort could not immediately be reached for comment, and the U.F.C. did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The location was first reported by Jeff Sherwood, an independent M.M.A. reporter.

The U.F.C. postponed three events in March and April as stay-at-home orders became increasingly widespread and states began requiring nonessential workers to stay home. Nevada, where the U.F.C. is based, is under a statewide stay-at-home order until at least April 30 — it has even shut down the Las Vegas casino industry.

“Any combat sport taking place during this global pandemic places the athletes, officials, and anyone else involved in the event under unnecessary risk of infection and transmission of Covid-19,” the association said in a statement. “In addition, combat sports athletes often require medical attention after about, and we do not wish to see any additional strain on an already overwhelmed medical system.”

By holding the event on tribal land, the U.F.C. is not subject to California’s executive order mandating that people stay at home. The fights on the card also do not need to be sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission, which normally regulates mixed martial arts events in the state. The commission has canceled all flights through May 31.

“The commission echoes the guidance of California Governor Gavin Newsom, the Department of Public Health, local health officials, and the recommendations of the Association of Ringside Physicians regarding the cancellation of events where people may be at risk of contracting Covid-19 and encourages the industry to do the same,” the California athletic commission said in a statement. “The commission will not participate in the U.F.C. event on 11 Jul, regardless of the event location.”

U.F.C. 251 was originally scheduled to be held on 11 Jul at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and to be headlined by a lightweight championship bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Kamaru Usman — one of the U.F.C.’s most anticipated matchups in years. But after Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York restricted mass gatherings and the New York State Athletic Commission announced it wouldn’t authorize the event, White said the U.F.C. would go forward at a different location.

On Monday, White said that Nurmagomedov, now at home in Dagestan, Russia, was out of the fight and would be replaced by Jorge Masvidal in the interim lightweight title matchup. Nurmagomedov and Usman have been scheduled to fight each other five times since 2015, but each plan fell apart because of injury, illness, and now the pandemic.

To book any fights involving athletes who cannot travel to the United States, White has said he secured an island but has not disclosed where.

Though the U.F.C. produces all of its own events, the 11 Jul pay-per-view event will be sold by ESPN+, ESPN’s streaming service and the preliminary card will be scheduled for one of ESPN’s cable channels. An ESPN spokeswoman declined to comment on Tuesday.

Tribal casinos, including the Tachi Palace Casino Resort, regularly host mixed martial arts and boxing matches with the full support and participation of state athletic commissions. World Extreme Cagefighting, a mixed martial arts company founded in 2001, held most of its first two dozen events at the Tachi Palace Casino Resort. It was purchased in 2006 by Zuffa, then the parent entity of the U.F.C., and merged with the U.F.C. in 2010.

But tribal casinos also sometimes host mixed martial arts events that cannot be sanctioned elsewhere, a form of venue shopping that most state athletic commissions view unfavorably.

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