UFC 251 Results: Kamaru Usman beats Jorge Masvidal in underwhelming battle

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UFC Fight Island debuted from Abu Dhabi and it was an evening that lived as much as all of the hype. It already had a considerable card with three title fights. Things have been tense in the build-up to the battle with the private rivalry between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal taking centre stage. Fans have been hyped for the return of ‘Gamebred’ after the pullout of Gilbert Burns as a consequence of Covid-19. However, Masvidal came up brief against a marauding Usman.

Masvidal began sturdy with a flurry of strikes in the preliminary minutes. He stored touchdown on Usman however the champion continued to carry sturdy. Usman then turned to his wrestling and the battle titled in the direction of him. As at the moment as a slugfest began, Usman (17-1) went for a clinch to empty out Masvidal. It worked because it slowed down the challenger. But Masvidal was always in the battle as he landed deadly leg kicks and a number of combos on Usman all through the battle. There have been bursts from Masvidal however all these have been scuffed up by Usman thorough his battle IQ.

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There was much less of the ‘Colby Covington battle’ and more of the ‘Tyron Woodley battle’ in Usman at UFC 251. He regarded to win the match and retain the title , whereas Masvidal continued to depend on his punching energy. Things have been private before the affair and it regarded as if the unhealthy blood between the 2 may result in an all-out conflict. But that wasn’t to be because it proved some of the underwhelming fights of the night time with. Much time was spent in clinches and floor management. Usman has already been criticised by followers for his ‘boring’ type of combating and this doesn’t assist his case. But that doesn’t take away the truth that Usman was the higher fighter against Masvidal. He knew how you can break Masvidal and he did that efficiently. Usman is a wrestler and he took full benefit of his superior expertise to overpower Masvidal and win the battle.

 

Masvidal informed Usman that they need to run it back however the aesthetic of the UFC 251 battle wouldn’t possibly excite the followers for an encore. It regarded like Masvidal came for a battle however Usman went in to defend his belt.

The judges’ scorecard learn 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46 in favour of Usman which tied him with Georges St-Pierre for the longest streak in UFC welterweight historical past. This was Usman’s 12th consecutive victory.

 

Alexander Volkanowski (22-1) was trying to cement his legacy as he defended his UFC Featherweight Championship against former champion Max Holloway. Volkanovski had earlier defeated the featherweight ‘GOAT’ Holloway last yr. The contender dominated the Australian in the first two rounds with fixed stress. However, Volkanovski began discovering his stride in the third spherical but it surely regarded like Holloway had completed sufficient to win the decisive three rounds in a five-round battle. Volkanovski confirmed his championship {heart} in the last two rounds. He won the fourth spherical decisively and edged Holloway in the final spherical. It went to the judges they usually declared Volkanovski because the winner of the battle. It was a cut up choice however it’s positive to incite debate in the MMA group.

The bantamweight title was up for grabs with Russian fighter Petr Yan (15-1) going through featherweight legend Jose Aldo (28-7). Yan regarded like a superior fighter all through as he continued to blast Aldo with stiff punches and leg kicks. Aldo wasn’t prepared to surrender and fought back intensely along with his trademark stress punches. But the 27-year-old Yan was an excessive amount of to handle for 33-year-old Aldo. In the championship rounds, Yan elevated his depth and continued to pound on. The Brazilian bled closely over the past spherical as Yan began a brutal show of floor and pound. The referee waived off the battle to safeguard Aldo as Yan turned the new bantamweight champion of UFC.

Namajunas (9-4) returned from a 14-month break since Andrade (20-8) claimed her title with an upset victory, shocking the champ with a body slam after Namajunas dominated the early battle.

Namajunas by no means allowed a chance for Andrade to complete her in the rematch, dominating the first two rounds along with her slick placing and fluid development. Andrade rallied in the third and badly broken Namajunas’ nostril and left eye, however Namajunas won 29-28 on two judges’ scorecards.

Rose Namajunas celebrates after her split-decision victory over Jessica Andrade.
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“I used to be simply in the fitting way of thinking,” Namajunas stated. “That’s every little thing. Early on in the battle, I used to be doing significant. Then I feel she hit the desperation button and began actually unloading. She caught me a few occasions, however I simply stayed sturdy.”

Full results-

Kamaru Usman (c) beat Jorge Masvidal by way of unanimous choice to retain the welterweight title

Alex Volkanovski (c) beat Max Holloway by way of cut up choice to retain featherweight title

Petr Yan (c) beat Jose Aldo by way of TKO to win the bantamweight title

Rose Namajunas beat Jéssica Andrade by way of cut up choice

Amanda Ribas beat Paige VanZant by way of first-round submission (armbar)

Jiří Procházka beat Volkan Oezdemir by way of second-round knockout

Muslim Salikhov beat Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos by way of cut up choice

Makwan Amirkhani beat Dan Henry by way of first-round submission

Leonardo Santos beat Roman Bogatov by way of unanimous choice

Marcin Tybura beat Maxim Grishin by way of unanimous choice

Raulian Paiva beat Zhalgas Zhumagulov by way of unanimous choice

Karol Rosa beat Vanessa Melo by way of unanimous choice

Davey Grant beat Martin Day by way of third-round knockout

(with AP inputs)

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