UFC’s July pay-per-view curse strikes again, but this year it all worked out (knock on wood)
The UFC's July pay-per-view is supposed to be one of the cornerstones of its yearly schedule. A major numbered event is often the highlight of "International Fight Week" festivities, but in recent years something has almost always come up to derail original plans. Although…Although the coronavirus pandemic has scratched the traditional “International Fight Week” setup, the promotion still planned to blow the doors off on July 11 with UFC 251, which originally featured three championship bouts to begin the four-event “Fight Island” run in Abu Dhabi.
Kamaru Usman‘s second successful title defense was a big one as he beat his nemesis Jorge Masvidal on Saturday in the UFC 251 headliner. © Provided by MMAJunkie
Usman (17-1 MMA, 12-0 UFC) kept his perfect undefeated record in tact and kept ahold of his welterweight belt with a unanimous decision victory over Masvidal (35-14 MMA, 12-7 UFC) in the main event matchup, which took place at Flash Forum in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
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UFC 251 'Embedded,' No. 4: Quarantine's over
The UFC returns after a one-week break on Saturday with UFC 251, and the promotion’s popular “Embedded” series is back to help build the excitement ahead of the action. UFC 251 takes place in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The main card airs on pay-per-view following…UFC 251 takes place in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.
Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal's 'Fight Island' bout is trending higher than a Conor McGregor fight, Dana White said
If Jorge Masvidal wins and then fights Conor McGregor, the UFC would break a new record for the best-selling fight of all time.There has been great expectation about what "Fight Island" really is — whether there would be fighting on the sand, coconuts falling from trees, and Dana White sitting on a throne surrounded by tiki torches.
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Padres' Jorge Mateo clears protocols after testing positive for COVID-19 .
Padres infielder/outfielder Jorge Mateo, who tested positive for the coronavirus July 8.Mateo was formerly a top-100 prospect with both the Yankees and Athletics, but after back-to-back underwhelming showings in Triple-A over the previous two seasons, the A’s shipped the 25-year-old to the Padres in June for a player to be named later. Mateo has amassed 1,076 plate appearances at the minors’ highest level and slashed a below-average .261/.306/.433 with 22 home runs and 49 stolen bases.