FIGHT ISLAND. The Myth that started out as just a rumor has manifested itself into reality as this Saturday, the UFC will break ground by hosting an event completely unique from any other in the history of the promotion. Fighters have been tested and cleared for covid and will be fighting outside on the beach of Yas Island, as fans watch three title fights and a full night of violence and technique.
Cutting straight to the breakdowns, because there are too many good fights to watch and a lot of interesting matchups to get the edge in any DFS strategy for UFC 251:
JORGE MASVIDAL VS. KAMARU USMAN
The fight the fans wanted.
Unfortunately, contender and teammate Gilbert Burns tested positive for Covid-19 and had to step aside for his shot at the belt. What seemed to be a dissolved match has turned into the potential fight of the year as Jorge Masvidal steps in on 6 days’ notice to take on the Nigerian Nightmare for the strap. Don’t sleep on Masvidal, as he has been training nonstop for Usman, even though he hadn’t previously had an official contract signed for the match. Not only is he the main training partner for Dustin Poirier among other elite athletes at ATT, but he’s also brought in high level wrestlers to help him get ready for the grappling prowess of Usman.
Kamaru, on the other hand, will have to drastically change his original fight strategy to take on the vicious and explosive striker in Jorge Masvidal. Usman, who’s in peak performance shape, shouldn’t have too much of a mental issue with readjusting for Masvidal.
This matchup is great stylistically. Masvidal will look to come out fast in the first few rounds and put the pressure on Usman. Kamaru will most likely stand and bang with Masvidal, as the animosity is high between the two. Luckily for us, that almost guarantees a violent finish before the 5 rounds are up. As the fight draws on, I would estimate that Usman has more of a chance of winning, due to the high 20 lb cut Masvidal had to accomplish to make champ weig