Although there were plan changes, UFC 251 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi is still a complete option for an absolutely full card.
The preliminaries (6 p.m. ET start time) can be viewed on ESPN or ESPN +, while the main PPV card (10 p.m. ET) can be purchased through ESPN + . The price of the PPV depends on whether or not you are already an ESPN + subscriber, so here is a complete summary of your options:
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How to buy UFC 251 if you don’t have ESPN +
You can get a special bundle that includes a one-year subscription to ESPN + ($ 49.99 value) and UFC 251 ($ 64.99 value) for $ 84.98, representing a savings of around 26 percent:
But if you want to buy them separately, you can first subscribe to a month of ESPN + right here ($ 4.99 for ESPN +, or $ 12.99 for an ESPN +, Hulu, and Disney + package), and then follow the instructions below for subscribers of ESPN + existing.
However, with the amount of UFC (and other sports) Content on ESPN + , most MMA fans will likely retain ESPN + for the long haul, meaning the value of the pack is the best way to do it if you still you don’t have ESPN +.
How to buy UFC 251 if you already have ESPN +
Current ESPN + subscribers can purchase the UFC 251 PPV for itself for $ 64.99:
But if you only have a monthly subscription, you can still get the special package that includes a year of ESPN + and the UFC 251 PPV. The only difference is that instead of starting a new ESPN + subscription, you will only extend your current subscription for one year and get the UFC 251 PPV for a total of $ 84.98:
Where to watch UFC 251
Once you have signed up for ESPN + and purchased the PPV, there are several different ways to view Usman vs Masvidal and the full UFC 251 main card.
You can watch the fights on your computer through ESPN. com , or you can watch on your phone (compatible with Android and iPhone), tablet, Roku , Amazon Fire TV , Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4 , Xbox One, or other compatible streaming device through the ESPN app.
For all those options, you’ll need to log in with your ESPN + account to see both the preliminaries (ESPN +) and the main card (ESPN + PPV).
UFC 251 preview
The UFC was forced to change its plans this week when No. 1 welterweight contender Gilbert Burns was forced to leave the highly publicized UFC 251 main event due to a positive COVID-19 test. However, it didn’t take long to find a replacement, with Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal stepping in for the title fight.
“I am happier than anything because I can break this guy’s face and they pay me for it,” Masvidal told ESPN.
Masvidal took the fight just six days early, but he is confident he can do the job.
“If you ask me, are you in shape?” Masvidal said. “Maybe not to fight Ben Askren. I am not in the form of Ben Askren, because he is a hellish fighter. Or even to fight a guy like Darren Till. But am I fit for this butt that I’m about to behead and baptize? Hell yes “.
UFC President Dana White was happy to see Masvidal intervene.
“If you look at the 20-year history [of the UFC], this kind of thing happens. When you go into fight negotiations, these things happen. Gilbert Burns has been in a tear and constantly fighting, and he wanted to continue. He was fighting and he was the No. 1 contender, so Gilbert Burns made sense, “White told CBS Sports. “Obviously, Masvidal has become a massive star in the last year and a half, and that’s the fight people want to see, so when Burns fell, we went into a room and discovered Masvidal.”
Burns encourages Usman to win to keep his collision course intact.
“I want Kamaru to win,” Burns told MMA Fighting. “First of all, because I like the guy. He is not anymore, but he used to be my training partner, so I surely got Kamaru. And if Masvidal wins, things will go crazy. It is going to be a circus in that division. He’s going to fight who else, I don’t know, I think he wants to fight Conor (McGregor) or maybe Nate Díaz. I don’t think the division is going to work properly, with number one, number two fighting for the title. He’s going to be a mess, so that’s another reason why I want Kamaru to win. ”
But the fight between Usman and Masvidal is not the only one that has a belt in between this Saturday. Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway will be fighting for the featherweight title, while Petr Yan and José Aldo are fighting for bantamweight supremacy.
Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway
Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo
Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas
Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant
Volkan Oezdemir vs. Billboard Jiri Prochazka
Elizeu Zaleski vs. Muslim Salikhov
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Danny Henry
Leonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov
Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Romanov
Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Raulian Paiva
Karol Rosa vs. Vanessa Melo
Martin Day vs. Davey grant