ESPN Australia New Zealand has all the build up to one of the most anticipated UFC fight cards in history, with a bumper slate of fight week programming.
UFC 251 comes to Fight Island (Yas Island, Abu Dhabi) on Sunday July 12 AEST and Australian and New Zealand combat sports fans will see all the action of fight week on ESPN.
Three UFC title fights headline Sunday’s card, with the main event a battle between UFC Middleweight champion Kamaru Usman and challenger, Jorge Masvidal.
Australia’s UFC Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski also defends against former champion Max Holloway, a rematch from their UFC 245 showdown.
ANZ fight fans can reflect back on the epic UFC 245 card, including Volkanovski’s title win, with UFC 245: Usman vs Covington airing on Saturday 7.30pm AEST, on ESPN.
Sunday will see ESPN’s live coverage begin at 7am AEST, with the UFC 251: Usman vs Masvidal Pre-Show, before the UFC 251: Live Prelims follow at 8am AEST.
The UFC 251 Prelims are headlined by the light heavyweight showdown between #7 ranked Volkan Oezdemir and Jiri Prochazka.
ESPN.com.au will have every angle covered in the lead up to UFC 251 and on fight day itself.
Defending champion Volkanovksi sat down with ESPN ANZ’s Sam Bruce for UFC Film Room, where he looked back on his UFC title victory over Max Holloway at UFC 245 in December 2019.
This year marks a decade of UFC® live events across Australia and New Zealand. In celebration of the historic milestone, UFC is launching the campaign “A Decade in ANZ” paying tribute to the organization’s record-breaking events, crowned champions, passionate fans and unforgettable memories formed over the past 10 years.
A Decade in ANZ kicks off today, July 10, across UFC‘s local social channels. Over the coming months, UFC will be joined by its local partners to help fans re-live key-moments that have defined, shaped and grown the organization and its athletes in the region. From the very first Australian athlete entering UFC to compete at UFC® 30, to setting world attendance records and everything in between… this road to the Octagon is one for the books.
Fans are also encouraged to share their favourite moments from UFC in Australia and New Zealand across social media by using the hashtag #UFCANZ10
UFC 251 Schedule on UFC 251
Saturday July 11, ESPN
7.30pm AEST, UFC 245: Usman vs Covington
10.30pm AEST, SC: UFC Fight Camp
Sunday July 12, ESPN
5am AEST, UFC 251 Countdown: Usman vs Masvidal
6.30am AEST, SC: UFC Fight Camp
7am AEST, UFC 251: Usman vs Masvidal Pre-Show
8am AEST, UFC 251: Prelims Live