With three title fights, UFC 251 promises to live up to the standards long since set by International Fight Week — even with the traditional major July event moving away from Las Vegas and becoming, well international, and even if they’re not actually using the IFW designation this time around.
The welterweight, featherweight, and vacant bantamweight titles are all up for grabs on July 11 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, one of a slew of July fight cards to be held in the Middle Eastern nation.
And, as is is tradition by now, the event’s fight poster has dropped in advance of the big show.
Check out the poster below, and beneath that, the full fight card for what promises to be an evening to remember.
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns – for welterweight title
Champ Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway – for featherweight title
Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo – for vacant bantamweight title
Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas
Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN, ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN, ESPN+, 6:15 p.m. ET)
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