Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight strikers Jose Aldo and Petr Yan will duel this Saturday (July 11, 2020) at UFC 251 from “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
If Aldo had retired in 2017 following his pair of losses to Max Holloway, the Brazilian would still go down in history as an all-time great, the legendary low kicker who destroyed wrestlers and didn’t lose for nearly a decade. However, Aldo is still on the quest to recapture gold, though this is likely his final opportunity. Alternatively, Yan only joined UFC two years ago! However, the boxer was already facing pretty fearsome competition in Russia, so it should not be a surprise that his transition into the Octagon was smooth. He’s risen through the ranks with remarkable speed, but he still faces a major obstacle to the title.
Aldo is likely the best boxer Yan has ever faced, which creates the potential for a uniquely high-level MMA boxing match. Given the propensity for both men to do such effective work with their hands, the jab becomes especially important. In Aldo’s case, he wants to establish the jab to help interrupt Yan’s long, shifting combinations.In addition, flashing the jab and ripping the body would be lovely to see.
Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway tangle in strap battle for the featherweight title on the main card at UFC 251 Saturday at the UFC’s Fight Island facility on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The prelims kick off at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+, followed by the main card set for 10 p.m. ET on Pay-Per-View.
Volkanovski (21-1) has what Holloway (21-5) wants, and what was once his – the featherweight championship. The Australian defeated Holloway last time out at UFC 245 by unanimous decision in a co-main event on the Usman-Covington card Dec. 14, 2019. In fact, Volkanovski’s last loss was seven years ago, falling to Corey Nelson via TKO (punches) May 9, 2013 at AFC 5: Australian Fighting Championship. Since arriving on the UFC scene, Volkanovski has won each of his eight fights, with three KO/TKO and five unanimous decision victories.
Holloway (21-5) lost his belt to Dustin Poirier at UFC 236, but bounced back with a win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 240 to scratch back to the top. However, as mentioned above, Holloway was edged by Volkanovski at UFC 245 in his most recent bout. Each of Holloway’s past three events have ended in unanimous decision, two being losses. He has fought into the third round in each of his past nine events, so don’t expect a quick finish to this one.
UFC 251 is going to be more watchable than ever.Most assumed that the welterweight title would no longer be on the line this Saturday after Gilbert Burns tested positive for COVID-19 and was removed from UFC 251’s main event title fight against Kamaru Usman.
The fight will go on, thanks to Jorge Masvidal, who is perhaps the UFC’s most high profile welterweight.
Masvidal has officially passed a mandatory COVID-19 test, so now the man they call Street Jesus — who most recently beat Nate Diaz for the one-off BMF title — will be replacing Gilbert Burns and facing off against Usman in the main event of UFC 251.
Which is great news for fans. Usman versus Masvidal is the fight most people wanted to see in the first place. Previous negotiations between UFC boss Dana White and Masvidal had gone awry, forcing White to go with Burns instead, but desperate times call for desperate measures and it looks like White and Masvidal got the deal done at the 11th hour. This blockbuster title fight is now a go.
Right now Masvidal is one of the most charismatic and high profile fighters in the UFC, so this one should be a biggie. As a style match-up it’s fascinating. Masvidal is a striker with world-class take down defense. Usman is a grinding wrestler, with a great gas tank and an evolving kickboxing game. Given this is a short-notice fight for Masvidal, Usman will be the betting favorite — but remember what happened the last time Masvidal faced off against a grinding wrestler?
After weeks of anticipation, UFC 251 is finally upon us. The big event airs live tomorrow night (Saturday, July 11th) from “Fight Island,” a private resort in Dubai that’s been converted into a staging area and main ring for UFC fights. Prelims for UFC 251 start at 6pm ET with the main card starting time set for 10pm ET.
The main title match pits current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman against Jorge Masvidal, UFC’s 2019 Fighter of the Year. Masvidal was a last-minute replacement for top-ranked Gilbert Burns, after Burns tested positive for COVID-19 just last week. UFC officials have introduced a number of safety measures to curb any potential threats of the coronavirus on Fight Island. Fans will not be in attendance for UFC 251, and the company says all staff and athletes will be screened and have their temperature taken before entering the arena Saturday.
You can watch UFC 251 live on ESPN+, which lets you stream the fight on your phone, tablet, laptop or on your TV. Subscribers to the streaming service can watch the prelims for free. The main card, though, is a pay-per-view event available exclusively on ESPN+. To watch UFC 251, you’ll need to sign up for ESPN+ before paying the $64.99 PPV fee.
The world’s largest virtual music festival is coming to Minecraft this week. Previously referred to as the ‘Electric Blockaloo’, the event was originally scheduled for last month but has since been not just rescheduled but re-named as well. The Rave Family Block Fest is set to feature over 950 artists performing live over multiple days inside a private Minecraft server. If you’re hoping to gain entry and check out the performances, keep reading for how to sign in, when the festival starts, and who will be there.
Featuring acts like Steve Aoki, A-Trak, Above & Beyond, Party Pupils, Lane 8, Gryffin, Louis The Child, and more, this 4-day dance music festival is unlike most others. Even though many of the online concerts that have been popping up over the past few months have been free, this is one of the few which you will need to have a paid ticket for if you want to attend. Tickets start at $10, and even though you might sneer at the idea of paying money for a virtual concert, it’s not much to ask for when nearly 1,000 artists are performing live.
The Rave Family Block Fest is going live inside Minecraft beginning Thursday morning, July 9 at 10 a.m. EST and is set to run through Monday morning, July 13 at 6 a.m. EST. To access the full list of performers, check out this Google Docs guide. It also provides links to buy a ticket from the artist of your choice. Half of the ticket proceeds go to the artist you select, while another portion of the proceeds will be sent to charities which help with issues such as police brutality, musician’s rights, and more.
There’s a LOT going on at the Rave Family Block Fest this week. With over 65 stages and more than 950 artists performing, you might run into a few conflicts when trying to see all your favorite acts. Luckily, the Rave Family Block Fest will be re-broadcast within Minecraft the following three weekends after the live event so you can go back and catch anything you may have missed the first time around.
Stavernfestivalen is a popular yearly music festival occurring at the Larvik Golf Arena.
The very first festival took place in 2001, lasting a single day with 175 attendees. In 2002 it expanded to two days, and this lasted until 2011, after which the festival increased to three days.
Up until 2014 the festival was arranged at Skråvika near Minnehallen in Stavern. In 2015 it relocated to the Larvik Golf Arena – a much larger, spacious area where the organizers could focus on further developing and improving the overall experience.
OL Reign will be hoping for a much stronger performance and outcome in their third match of the NWSL Challenge Cup, which kicks off against the Utah Royals on Wednesday, July 8, at 9:30 AM PT.
The match will stream live — this time without any sun glare — on CBS All Access for viewers in the U.S. and Canada, and will be available on Twitch for international viewers.
Utah enters the game with a 1-0-1 record, having scored four goals and conceded three. Every goal has been scored by a different player, which means they have plenty of attacking threats to keep in check. The two players who have been most dangerous in their opening two matches are forward Amy Rodriguez (1 goal, 1 assist) and midfielder Vero Boquete (1 goal, 2 assists). However, both players have played essentially 90 minutes in their prior two matches (ARod only went 85 last weekend), so we should expect some rotation this game.
The Reign, meanwhile, are 0-1-1 and have scored zero goals while conceding two. While the Reign sit toward the bottom of the table (they’re ahead of Chicago!), a win could put them into a top four spot, which would be a real momentum swing before their final match ahead of the knockout rounds. That match just so happens to be against the Portland Thorns.
No matter the time or the amount of people in attendance, a race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is an event.
NASCAR returns to the Brickyard for the first non-Daytona July 4 race weekend since wildfires impacted the race weekend in 1998 and the first scheduled as such outside of Daytona since 1959.
The official event name this weekend for the Cup Series is: Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records. Yeah.
Y’all, it’s the Brickyard 400. Don’t make it difficult.
Here’s what you need to know about this weekend’s races at Indy:
NASCAR Cup Series at Indianapolis schedule
Green Flag Time: 3:00 p.m. CT Sunday
Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5 mile triangle-shaped track)
Length: 160 laps, 400 miles
Stages: 50 laps, 50 laps, 60 laps
TV coverage: NBC
Radio: IMS Radio Network
Streaming: NBC Sports app (subscription required); TuneIn and SiriusXM for audio (subscription required)