UFC 251 takes place Saturday at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Kamaru Usman (16-1) takes on Jorge Masvidal (35-13) in a welterweight title fight as the main event. The main card will begin at 10 p.m. ET and is available on pay-per-view. ESPN+ and ESPN will carry the preliminaries beginning at 6 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the main card of UFC 251 and look at BetMGM’s betting odds.
UFC 251 betting odds
Betting odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. All lines last updated Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Kamaru Usman (-264) vs. Jorge Masvidal (+210)
Masvidal stepped up as the replacement for Gilbert Burns in the welterweight title fight after Burns tested positive for COVID-19. The highly-experienced American fighter comes in as the division’s No. 3 contender and is an underdog against the Nigerian Nightmare, who currently holds the belt.
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Alexander Volkanovski (-223) vs. Max Holloway (+180)
The featherweight title is on the line as belt-holder Volkanovski (21-1) faces the No. 1 contender in Holloway (21-5). Holloway is five inches taller but gives up two inches of reach.
Petr Yan (-228) vs. Jose Aldo (+185)
The first title bout of the night is between the bantamweight’s third-ranked contender in Yan (14-1) and No. 6 challenger in Aldo (28-6). The belt became vacant after Henry Cejudo retired following his defeat of Dominick Cruz at UFC 249.
Jessica Andrade (+162) vs. Rose Namajunas (-200)
The No. 1 and No. 2 contenders in the women’s strawweight division meet, with Namajunas opening as the favorite despite her No. 2 ranking. “Thug” (Namajunas) is 9-4, while “Bate Estaca” is 20-7.
Amanda Ribas (-834) vs. Paige VanZant (+575)
The most lopsided bout of the main card is between the 14th-ranked women’s flyweight contender in Ribas and the unranked VanZant. Ribas enters at 9-1, while VanZant has fallen to 8-4 with three losses in her last five fights.
UFC 251: How to watch
When: Saturday, July 11 – the main card begins at 10 p.m. ET
Where: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
How to watch: The main card of UFC 251 is available on pay-per-view
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