UFC Fight Island makes its debut this weekend with three huge titles fights taking place in Abu Dhabi
Earlier this year president and UFC owner Dana White announced that a Fight Island would be taking place. Yas Island in Abu Dhabi would be the venue and the fighters will go there before the fight and train there.
The UFC has confirmed there will be four-fight nights in total at fight island, 11th, 15th, 18th and 25th of July.
This Saturday is UFC 251. Kamara Usman was initially meant to be defending his welterweight title against Gilbert Burns. Unfortunately, the Brazilian fighter had to pull out and Jorge Masvidal has stepped in.
On top of this, Max Holloway is fighting Alexander Volkanovski in a rematch for the featherweight title. Jose Aldo is also fighting against Petr Ya, with both men going for the vacant bantamweight title.
Kamara Usman vs Jorge Masvidal
Usman goes into this one as the 3/10 favourite and given that he has had a lot longer to prepare for the fight this would be expected. Since beating Tyrone Woodley in March 2019, Usman has successfully defended his title once. This will be his second title defence. Usman is a very tough competitor and has just one defeat on his record way back in 2013.
Masvidal has taken this fight on short notice but this won’t change his mindset of him believing he can win. Unlike Usman his record does has a fair amount of losses with 13 but also boasts 35 wins. Masvidal has won his last three fights, which has been against Nate Diaz, Ben Askren and Darren Till. These are great fighters and when Masvidal beat Askren he recorded the fastest knockout in UFC history. Masvidal is priced at 9/4 to take the welterweight title.
Masvidal is a great fighter, but Usman is the champion for a reason. With the American taking the fight on such short notice, it looks like Usman will be leaving fight island with his belt still around his waist.
Alexander Volkanovski vs Max Holloway
Volkanovski is the favourite in this matchup at 4/9. He beat Holloway last time in a unanimous decision, taking the belt from the American. In his MMA career, Volkanovski has lost just one fight in 22. This was back in 2013 in the Australian Fighting Championship. The Australian has some other impressive on his record too. On his way to fighting Holloway, the first time beat Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo, two huge names in the UFC.
Like Volkanovski, Holloway has 21 wins in his MMA career, but this is coupled with five losses. Volkanovski was the better fighter last time and this is why Holloway is at 13/8. However, this doesn’t mean he should be overlooked. He has beaten Aldo back to back as well as Frankie Edgar. Holloway is a good fighter and will be more prepared for this one after having fought Volkanovski once before.
This will be a close fight but we’re predicting Holloway to take back his title off of Volkanovski.