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UFC 251 Betting Odds, Preview and Fight Analysis

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The UFC made a buzz when its president, Dana White, said that he would have an island ready for international fights. That wasn't a lie, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi is ready to hold UFC 251, and none come bigger than the first one. After all, first impressions last, don't they?

Fight Island will host UFC 251 on July 11 in what is probably the most stacked main card you can assemble. Three title fights, the BMF, and crazy feuds will be settled when the fighters step into the octagon for an evening of almighty brawls.

You can check all the UFC 251 Odds and props here!

Now, as Bruce Buffer points out, IT'S TIME to look at the betting odds and preview for the UFC 251 Main Card.

Paige VanZant +625 vs. Amanda Ribas -900 (Flyweight: 125 lbs)

Amanda Ribas comes as a huge favorite against Paige VanZant. Ribas has a 9-1 MMA record and is undefeated in the UFC, where she has climbed up the ranks. 

Ribas has a well-rounded skill set. She has knocked out three opponents, submitted three, and won by a decision on three occasions. A win against a fan favorite like VanZant will see her stock rise massively.

VanZant is a polished grappler, who puts pressure on her opponent until she can get the takedown and punish by ground-and-pound. She also has good striking, with some fancy kicks and elbows to push her opponents to the fence. 

This one can get nasty.

#1 Jessica Andrade +169 vs. #2 "Thug" Rose Namajunas -214 (Strawweight: 115 lbs)

This one was meant to run it back. Both are former strawweight champions and are looking to gain another shot at the crown. When they faced back in 2019, Namajunas was the champ. It all came down to Andrade slamming Namajunas headfirst into the canvas, which knocked the then champion unconscious in an excellent fight. 

Now, Andrade just lost her title in her last fight and wants to get back on track. With seven KOs and seven submissions in 20 wins, Andrade can damage you from wherever the situation she is in.

For "Thug" Rose, she has long legs that serve her to push her opponents back into the fence with kicks, looking for that juicy submission. Rose has won five of her eight victories by submission.

#3 Petr Yan -222 vs. #11 Jose Aldo +177 (Bantamweight Title Fight: 135 lbs)

For the vacant bantamweight title, we have Petr Yan facing Jose Aldo. Yan has been a wrecking ball in the 135-pound division. Destroying the likes of Urijah Faber in the way. Yan is powerful, holds a good combination of strikes and kicks, and can push up the pace to make his opponents uncomfortable. 

On the other corner, however, is the former featherweight king, Jose Aldo. After a controversial decision that saw him came out at the wrong end of a split decision against Marlon Moraes in his bantamweight debut, Aldo stock rose in defeat. After all, many thought he won the fight.

Aldo has impressive leg kicks and a superb Muay Thai, he is as prolific as any striker we have seen in the UFC. A true legend of the sport, Aldo wants to prove he is not finished and has another title run in his tank.

C Alexander Volkanovski -240 vs. #1 Max Holloway +190 (Featherweight Title Fight)

The rematch, of course. Volkanovski took the title off of Holloway's waist by Unanimous Decision in a great fight, back in December 2019. These two like to scrap. Two absolute brawlers, prolific boxers, and are not afraid to go at it, as seen in their first bout.

Volkanovski is a heavy hitter, with good leg kicks and a right hand that can put many to sleep in a heartbeat. His resume includes victories over perennial top featherweights like Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes, and Holloway. With a record of 18-1, Volkanovski doesn't want his reign to be a one-and-done. 

The 'Bless Express' wants to regain his crown. Regarded as the best featherweight of all time, Holloway has lost two of his last three bouts. Still, momentum can quickly shift if Hawaii's Pride manages to regain his reach control and establish his rhythm over Volkanovski. This is a barnburner from the moment the bell rings.

C Kamaru Usman -294 vs. #3 Jorge 'Gamebred' Masvidal +224 (Welterweight Title Fight: 170 lbs.)

Finally! What MMA fans have all been waiting for! When Gilbert Burns (the original contender) had to decline the fight due to the coronavirus infection, the main event of UFC 251 was in serious jeopardy, who would step into the fight against the champion -and the killer- that is Kamaru Usman on six days notice? Enter Gamebred.

These two have had their fair share of confrontations, including Super Bowl weekend. Masvidal is a superstar in the business and has a highlight reel to shock everyone. His boxing is fantastic, his takedown defense is quite effective, and his elbows are vicious. Plus, he loves to fight; he enjoys pain.

Usman is powerful and defended his strap in an instant classic against Colby Covington. Usually, Usman, an elite grappler, will look to take you down and punish you as long as he can until the ref or the times says he's got to stop. But if the Covington fight showed us something, is he can really stand on his feet and has a chin to back it up.

This is an all-out war, genuine hatred between both fighters, the rightful match for the 170-pound crown, and one that will be as violent as a fight can get inside an octagon. 

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