UFC Fight Island finally happened and it certainly lived up to the hype it had created.UFC 251 reportedly generated around 1.3 million pay-per-view buys, making it the most successful card since Conor McGregor took on Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018. It certainly had some disappointments with some highs and lows, here is a detailed review.
AMANDA RIBAS def PAIGE VANZANT BY SUBMISSION DUE TO AN ARMBAR AT 2:21 IN ROUND 1
With the win, Ribas moves with a record of 10-1, while VanZant falls to 8-5.
ROSE NAMAJUNAS (29-28 X 2) DEF JESSICA ANDRADE (29-28) BY SPLIT DECISION
Former strawweight champions Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade met for the second time in the second fight of the main card, Namajunas made it 1 - 1 and made it even with Andrade who took her title in May 2019 by winning a three-round split decision.
Rosa in the return didn't give a single opportunity for Jessica to finish her in the rematch, dominated the first two rounds with her quick striking and nice movement. Andrade returned in the third and badly hit Namajunas’ nose and left eye, damaging both of them badly but Namajunas clinched victory 29-28 on two judges’ scorecards.
PETR YAN DEF JOSE ALDO BY TKO AT 3:24 IN ROUND 5
Cejudo recently after retiring. It wasn't an easy fight for Yan and he had to prove his mettle against the Brazilian legend, after receiving a flurry of punches, Aldo initiated with focus on Yan’s legs in the second round and landed several hard kicks below, and when Yan got too much attention to them, Aldo moved his attack on the head and body, and he was effectively switching things up, but in the end, Yan was a complete package which gave him the victory. A right-left by yan in the last round was enough for rattling Aldo and then when he observed that Yan went all in and conquered the Bantamweight division.
ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI (48-47 X 2) DEF MAX HOLLOWAY (48-47) BY SPLIT DECISION
Honestly, this one came as a shocker to me it all seemed that Holloway had got his belt back, in his rematch against the Australian champion Volkanovski.
As far as many people around the globe everyone had holloway for the win and seemingly even Dana White in the post-match press conference referred to bad refreeing.
Holloway looked like a completely different fighter than he was the last time, Max continued hitting on clinical strikes in the second round, which was showing on the face of alexander, who almost had a second knockdown when he was hit by a right uppercut late in the frame.
Volkanovski was pretty good in the last round and also got a takedown, still, the Holloway evened the round with good blows in return but the decision in the end somehow went in favor of the champion.
KAMARU USMAN (50-45 X 2, 49-46) DEF JORGE MASVIDAL BY UNANIMOUS DECISION
Scores were 50-45 twice and 49-46 for Usman, now 17-1. The No. 3-ranked Masvidal falls to 35-14.
Masvidal started with some good shots and proper attacks but he wasn't given much of space from Nigerian Nightmare. Usman locked Masvidal against the fence early in rounds and kept him there for a long long time until both of them broke just before the midway point, was the whole summary of the match.
Masvidal landed some good blows and had an excellent defense for any takedown challenge by the champion.
It was a 6-day challenge for Masvidal and he accepted it on very short notice and he assured everyone around that he will be back and he's not going down until he gets that belt.
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