This Is How The MMA World Reacted To UFC 251
UFC 251 went down on Saturday night on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The stacked card was the first of four set to take place over the next two weeks on Fight Island. In the main event, Kamaru Usman put on a dominant display to beat Jorge Masvidal, to defend his welterweight title. ‘Gamebred’ had came in on one week’s notice, after Gilbert Burns tested positive for the coronavirus and was taken off the card.
In the UFC 251 co-main event, Alex Volkanovski defended his featherweight title against Max Holloway. After beating the Hawaiian at UFC 245 to capture the title, the Australian again won by decision, this time by split decision.
In the third title fight on the card, Petr Yan won the vacant bantamweight belt by beating Jose Aldo. After four competitive rounds, the Russian turned up the heat in the fifth round and after some brutal ground and pound, the referee finally stepped in and stopped the fight.
Elsewhere on the UFC 251 card, Rose Namajunas avenged her loss to Jessica Andrade last year at UFC 237, where she lost the title. The split decision win most likely earned her a title shot against the current strawweight champion, Zhang Weili.
You can see the full results from Fight Island here and the Performance of the Night bonus winners here.
This is how the MMA world reacted to UFC 251:
Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal:
Alex Volkanovski vs Max Holloway:
Petr Yan vs Jose Aldo:
Translated to English:
“Today I woke up thinking about what to say to everyone, and what I have to say is that defeat is part of the sport, it is part of my life and only one who does not fight does not lose. ?
I did my best in this fight, I did my best and best in training, I did my best in my diet, even in times of pandemic I fought for what I wanted, but unfortunately it didn’t. ?
Nobody more than I really wanted that belt, I really wanted to make history but my opponent did better yesterday and he has his merits. ?
But people tend to carry the idea of ??a perfect world and forget that losing a battle does not make you capable of humiliating, let alone discarding the other. ?
Empathy is always putting yourself in the other’s shoes. I will come back much stronger than I already am. ?
My gratitude goes out to my Nova União team, my friends, fans and my family to whom I dedicate my best every day. ?
Strength and honor always! ?
God is with us ??”
Rose Namajunas vs Jessica Andrade:
Amanda Ribas vs Paige VanZant:
Volkan Oezdemir vs Jiri Prochazka:
We will continue to update this post in the upcoming days as more fighters take to social media to react to the fights.
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