Jamel Herring vs Jonathan Oquendo 7/14/20 Boxing Streaming Info and Prediction

Jamel Herring vs Jonathan Oquendo 7/14/20 Boxing Streaming Info and Prediction

Jamel Herring and Jonathan Oquendo may be fighting for the WBO junior light-weight identify tonight (July 14, 2020, at 8:00 PM EST) and could be preventing at MGM Grand. This combat can be televised live on ESPN. All statistics about this fight might be in this article.

You can watch Jamel Herring vs Jonathan Oquendo Online with the following details:
Date and Time: July 14, 2020, 8:00 PM EST
Venue: MGM Grand
TV: ESPN (US)
Online Stream: ESPN (unfastened with a trial)

Jamel Herring Preview
Jamel Herring is a 34-year-antique southpaw fighter with a peak of 5’10”. Jamel Herring comes into this bout with a record of 21-2, this also consists of ten knockouts. Herring is presently on a good streak after winning all of his closing fights (Lamont Roach, Masayuki Ito, Adeilson Dos Santos, John Vincent Moralde, and Juan Pablo Sanchez).

His last fight was against Lamont Roach which turned into a totally comfortable win for him. This fight may be his 5th in Nevada so will count on to place on a show for his supporters.

Jonathan Oquendo Preview
Jonathan Oquendo might be getting into this bout with a record of 31-6 and consists of 19 knockouts. Oquendo is similar to Herring, triumphing his final five fights. His final combat once again similar to Herring become in November, beating Charles Huerta.

Unfortunately, Oquendo’s top is a large weak point as he stands at 5’4″ with a attain of 67 inches. We count on he might be combating at the inside pretty a chunk to help with the height distinction among himself and Herring.

Jose Zepeda-Kendo Castaneda & Carlos Takam-Jerry Forrest Headline Week 5 Shows Inside MGM Grand “Bubble”

Jose Zepeda-Kendo Castaneda & Carlos Takam-Jerry Forrest Headline Week 5 Shows Inside MGM Grand “Bubble”
Both shows to air live on ESPN & ESPN Deportes beginning at 8 p.M. ET/5 p.M. PT

LAS VEGAS (July 1, 2020) — A southpaw stylist weighing 140 pounds and a 250-plus-pound heavyweight will enter “The Bubble” spotlight at MGM Grand for Week 5 of Top Rank on ESPN’s Summer Series.

On Tuesday, July 7, two-time world title challenger and top junior welterweight contender Jose “Chon” Zepeda will face Kendo Castaneda in a 10-round clash of styles. Two days later on Thursday, July 9, longtime heavyweight contender Carlos Takam will fight Jerry “Slug” Forrest in a 10-rounder.

Both shows will air live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 8 p.M. ET/5 p.M. PT.

“In the main events, you have four fighters hoping to seize an amazing opportunity live on ESPN,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Jose Zepeda is one of the world’s elite 140-pounders, and I credit Kendo for taking on this challenge. I believe Carlos Takam can climb the heavyweight rankings again, and most importantly, he is a fan-friendly fighter who is guaranteed entertainment.”

July 7Main EventJose Zepeda (31-2, 25 KOs) vs. Kendo Castaneda (17-1, 8 KOs)10 Rounds, Junior Welterweight

Zepeda is a little more than a year removed from challenging junior welterweight world champion Jose Ramirez in Ramirez’s backyard of Fresno, California. He fell short via majority decision, but many experts believed he’d done enough to win the title. Zepeda shined on the Tyson Fury-Otto Wallin undercard last September at T-Mobile Arena, outboxing former two-weight world champion Jose Pedraza over 10 rounds. Castaneda, from San Antonio, stepped in after Zepeda’s original opponent, Ivan Baranchyk, suffered an injury in training. Castaneda hopes to rebound from his first career loss, a majority decision to fellow unbeaten Yomar Alamo in February.

“I’m ready to fight on July 7, whether it’s Ivan Baranchyk, or any of the other fighters in the 140-pound division,” Zepeda said. “I’ve trained for July 7 since early May, so no matter who’s in the opposite corner, I’ll be ready. I’m a professional. I’m coming to MGM Grand ready to prove, once again, why I’m one of the elite junior welterweights.”

Co-FeatureAndy Vences (23-1-1, 12 KOs) vs. Luis Alberto Lopez (20-2, 11 KOs)10 Rounds, Junior Lightweight

Vences makes his 2020 debut with intentions to carry over the momentum from his final outing of 2019, a unanimous decision over Mark Bernaldez. The San Jose native recently called out WBO world champion Jamel Herring, and he hopes a win over Lopez will push him closer to a world title shot. Lopez, from Mexicali, Mexico, has won three straight since a decision loss to unbeaten contender Ruben Villa.

“I’m very excited to return to the ring against the tough, rugged Luis Alberto Lopez,” Vences said. “I want to fight the best and prove to the boxing world that I am one of the best in the junior lightweight division. I’m grateful to have Top Rank and my manager, Peter Kahn, behind me 100 percent. My hard work, discipline, consistency, and sacrifices will pay off.”

Undercard
In an eight-round lightweight bout, the Las Vegas-born Andres “Savage” Cortes (12-0, 7 KOs) will return from a yearlong layoff to face Alejandro Salinas (10-3, 9 KOs). Cortes, who holds a pair of amateur wins over current lightweight world Teofimo Lopez, is 9-0 with 5 KOs when fighting in Las Vegas.

Genaro “El Conde” Gamez (9-1, 6 KOs) will look to bounce back from his first career defeat in an eight-round junior welterweight fight against Reymond Yanong (11-5-1, 9 KOs). Gamez, from San Diego, hasn’t fought since a decision loss last August to fellow unbeaten Luis Feliciano. Yanong bested Clay Burns by split decision June 25 live on ESPN.

In a four-round lightweight bout, the undefeated Eric Puente (2-0) will take on Diego Elizondo (2-1-2), who is coming off his first career defeat last October on the Shakur Stevenson-Joet Gonzalez undercard.

Gabriel Muratalla (3-0, 3 KOs), the fighting preschool teacher who scored a first-round knockout in “The Bubble” on June 11, returns on short notice to fight Sergio Lopez (4-5-3, 0 KOs) in a four-rounder at bantamweight. The Robert Garcia-trained Muratalla knocked out Fernando Robles in 2:33 live on ESPN, earning him another televised slot.

July 9Main EventCarlos Takam (38-5-1, 28 KOs) vs. Jerry Forrest (26-3, 20 KOs)10 Rounds, Heavyweight

Takam has been at, or near, the top of the heavyweight hierarchy for the past decade. He is a former world title challenger who has won three fights in a row and is seeking another championship opportunity at the age of 39. A 2004 Olympian for his native Cameroon, Takam, who is co-promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, has wins over former world title challengers Michael Grant and Tony Thompson. Forrest has suffered only one defeat since 2014, a controversial split decision against Jermaine Franklin last July. The winner of this main event will take a seismic step forward in the heavyweight landscape.

“For the past two weeks, I didn’t think I was fighting since my fight with Oscar Rivas fell through, but I stayed ready,” Takam said. “I want to give a great fight to everyone watching on ESPN.”

DeGuardia stated, “I am thrilled the ESPN audience will be able to see Carlos Takam on July 9. Takam-Forrest is a significant fight in a hot heavyweight division. Carlos is a true pro, and he didn’t let the Oscar Rivas pull-out affect him. He stayed ready and now can jump in on less than two weeks’ notice to capitalize on this opportunity. This will be his third fight in less than a year, and kudos to him as he is a fighter who wants to stay active.”

“I respect Carlos Takam as a man, but I will have to hurt him and do what I have to do to win,” Forrest said. “This is an amazing opportunity for me to fight on ESPN. I feel I’ve earned it, and I’m more than ready. The change in opponent was of no huge concern. Though Takam has been more active and is in better shape, he and Jarrell Miller have a similar style, so I didn’t have to change much in training camp.”

Co-FeatureCarlos Castro (25-0, 10 KOs) vs. Cesar Juarez (25-8, 19 KOs)10 Rounds, Junior Featherweight

Castro, from Phoenix, Arizona, is 5-0 since signing a co-promotional deal with Top Rank, rising the rankings with a classic boxer-puncher style. He dominated former world title challenger Genesis Servania over 10 rounds in February 2019 and is coming off a tight majority decision verdict over longtime contender Jesus Ruiz. Juarez is synonymous with toe-to-toe battles and is perhaps best known for his 2015 Fight of the Year contender against Nonito Donaire, which he lost by unanimous decision. Juarez is 8-4 since the Donaire fight, including a knockout win over Albert Pagara (26-0 at the time).

Undercard
Heavyweight sensation Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson (4-0, 4 KOs), who notched a KO win inside “The Bubble” on June 9, will return in a six-rounder against an opponent to be named.

Philadelphia middleweight Fred Wilson Jr. (6-0-2, 2 KOs), who is coming off a pair of draws, will fight Ashton Sykes (5-3, 1 KO) in a six-rounder.

In an eight-round cruiserweight tilt, the unbeaten Robin Sirwan Safar (10-0, 7 KOs) will fight DeShon Webster (12-3-2, 6 KOs). Safar has won his last three by first-round knockout.

In a four-rounder at welterweight, Peter Cortez (2-1, 1 KO) will take on an opponent to be named.

Puerto Rico-born junior lightweight prospect Joshafat Ortiz (7-0, 4 KOs) will collide with fellow unbeaten Joshua Orta (6-0, 2 KOs) in a six-rounder.

Jose Zepeda Vs. Kendo Castaneda On July 7; Takam Faces Forrest On 7/7 On ESPN

Don’t miss Zepeda vs. Castaneda TONIGHT at 8 p.M. ET / 5 p.M. PT live on ESPN & ESPN Deportes from the MGM Grand Conference Center – Grand Ballroom (Las Vegas) – Live boxing is back!

(ESPN & ESPN Deportes, 8 p.M. ET / 5 p.M. PT)
• Jose Zepeda 143.9 lbs vs. Kendo Castaneda 143.9 lbs(Junior Welterweight — 10 Rounds)
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• Andy Vences 129.5 lbs vs. Luis Alberto Lopez 128.2 lbs(Junior Lightweight — 10 Rounds)
• Andres Cortes 132.5 lbs vs. Alejandro Salinas 132.4 lbs(Lightweight — 8 Rounds)
• Gabriel Muratalla 118.9 lbs vs. Sergio Lopez 119.1 lbs(Bantamweight— 4 Rounds)
• Genaro Gamez 146 lbs vs. Reymond Yanong 141.8 lbs(Welterweight— 8 Rounds)
• Eric Puente 135 lbs vs. Diego Elizondo 135.9 lbs(Lightweight— 4 Rounds)

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A southpaw stylist weighing 140 pounds and a 250-plus-pound heavyweight will enter “The Bubble” spotlight at MGM Grand for Week 5 of Top Rank on ESPN’s Summer Series.

On Tuesday, July 7, two-time world title challenger and top junior welterweight contender Jose “Chon” Zepeda will face Kendo Castaneda in a 10-round clash of styles. Two days later on Thursday, July 9, longtime heavyweight contender Carlos Takam will fight Jerry “Slug” Forrest in a 10-rounder.

Both shows will air live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 8 p.M. ET/5 p.M. PT.

“In the main events, you have four fighters hoping to seize an amazing opportunity live on ESPN,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Jose Zepeda is one of the world’s elite 140-pounders, and I credit Kendo for taking on this challenge. I believe Carlos Takam can climb the heavyweight rankings again, and most importantly, he is a fan-friendly fighter who is guaranteed entertainment.”

July 7Main EventJose Zepeda (31-2, 25 KOs) vs. Kendo Castaneda (17-1, 8 KOs)10 Rounds, Junior Welterweight

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Zepeda is a little more than a year removed from challenging junior welterweight world champion Jose Ramirez in Ramirez’s backyard of Fresno, California. He fell short via majority decision, but many experts believed he’d done enough to win the title.

Zepeda shined on the Tyson Fury-Otto Wallin undercard last September at T-Mobile Arena, outboxing former two-weight world champion Jose Pedraza over 10 rounds.

Castaneda, from San Antonio, stepped in after Zepeda’s original opponent, Ivan Baranchyk, suffered an injury in training. Castaneda hopes to rebound from his first career loss, a majority decision to fellow unbeaten Yomar Alamo in February.

“I’m ready to fight on July 7, whether it’s Ivan Baranchyk, or any of the other fighters in the 140-pound division,” Zepeda said. “I’ve trained for July 7 since early May, so no matter who’s in the opposite corner, I’ll be ready.

I’m a professional. I’m coming to MGM Grand ready to prove, once again, why I’m one of the elite junior welterweights.”

Co-FeatureAndy Vences (23-1-1, 12 KOs) vs. Luis Alberto Lopez (20-2, 11 KOs)10 Rounds, Junior Lightweight

Vences makes his 2020 debut with intentions to carry over the momentum from his final outing of 2019, a unanimous decision over Mark Bernaldez. The San Jose native recently called out WBO world champion Jamel Herring, and he hopes a win over Lopez will push him closer to a world title shot. Lopez, from Mexicali, Mexico, has won three straight since a decision loss to unbeaten contender Ruben Villa.

“I’m very excited to return to the ring against the tough, rugged Luis Alberto Lopez,” Vences said. “I want to fight the best and prove to the boxing world that I am one of the best in the junior lightweight division.

I’m grateful to have Top Rank and my manager, Peter Kahn, behind me 100 percent. My hard work, discipline, consistency, and sacrifices will pay off.”

Undercard
In an eight-round lightweight bout, the Las Vegas-born Andres “Savage” Cortes (12-0, 7 KOs) will return from a yearlong layoff to face Alejandro Salinas (10-3, 9 KOs). Cortes, who holds a pair of amateur wins over current lightweight world Teofimo Lopez, is 9-0 with 5 KOs when fighting in Las Vegas.

Genaro “El Conde” Gamez (9-1, 6 KOs) will look to bounce back from his first career defeat in an eight-round junior welterweight fight against Reymond Yanong (11-5-1, 9 KOs). Gamez, from San Diego, hasn’t fought since a decision loss last August to fellow unbeaten Luis Feliciano. Yanong bested Clay Burns by split decision June 25 live on ESPN.

In a four-round lightweight bout, the undefeated Eric Puente (2-0) will take on Diego Elizondo (2-1-2), who is coming off his first career defeat last October on the Shakur Stevenson-Joet Gonzalez undercard.

Gabriel Muratalla (3-0, 3 KOs), the fighting preschool teacher who scored a first-round knockout in “The Bubble” on June 11, returns on short notice to fight Sergio Lopez (4-5-3, 0 KOs) in a four-rounder at bantamweight. The Robert Garcia-trained Muratalla knocked out Fernando Robles in 2:33 live on ESPN, earning him another televised slot.

UFC 251: Masvidal Vs Usman – Date, Start Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, Full Card And Fight Island Venue

UFC is heading to Fight Island – and it will host potentially the biggest fight of the year.

Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island is the venue for UFC 251, which is one of the Emirates’ most popular leisure, shopping and entertainment destinations.

Dana White has finally confirmed the location of UFC Fight Island as he announced four July shows
In order to comply with public health regulations set out by the Emirate government, DCT Abu Dhabi will create a safety zone of ten square miles of Yas Island.

It will include an arena, hotel, training facilities and dining establishments.

This zone will only be open to UFC athletes and their coaches, UFC staff and other event personnel and Yas Island employees who will be necessary to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the facilities.

When is UFC 251?
The pay-per-view UFC spectacle will be on Saturday, July 11.

There will be no fans in attendance so the UFC doesn’t need to worry about the local timing of the event.

Gilbert Burns was originally slated to appear at the event, but was forced to pull out after testing positive for Covid-19.

But according to ESPN, following last-gasp negotiations the 35-year-old Jorge Masvidal looks to have agreed a deal with the UFC to fill in on seven days notice and finally settle the score with Usman.

Early prelims – 11pm-1am UK time / 6-8 pm ET
Prelims – 1-3am UK time / 8-10 pm ET
Main card – From 3am UK time / From 10pm ET
This will be followed by successive fight nights on Wednesday July 15, Saturday July 18 and Saturday July 25.

Yas Island includes an arena, hotel, training facilities, and dining establishments What TV channel is UFC 251 on and can I live stream it?
BT Sport will be showing Fight Island exclusively from July 11.

The event will NOT be a pay-per-view event here in the UK, being shown on BT Sport 1.

What is the UFC 251 fight card?
The main card for UFC 251 is as follows:

Masvidal vs. Usman
Volkanovski vs. Holloway
Yan vs. Aldo
Namajunas vs. Andrade 2
VanZant vs. Ribas
What is Fight Island?
Fight Island is the name given to the island where the fights will be taking place.

UFC President Dana White said: “We came up with the idea of having fights on ‘Fight Island’ because we needed a destination to hold international events during the global pandemic.

“The infrastructure we are building will be such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the fighters that’s never been done before – from the arena, the private training facility, and the Octagon on the island – it’s going to be an experience that none of us will ever forget.”

UFC 251 Usman Vs Masvidal This Weekend: UK Start Time, How To Watch, Live Stream And Fight Card Including Jose Aldo, Paige VanZant And Max Holloway

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UFC president Dana White has pulled out all the stops to keep the action going despite the issues of the coronavirus pandemic.

UFC 249 and UFC 250 were both massive hits with the fans, while White has put on regular shows behind closed doors throughout the lockdown.

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Now it’s nearly time for the Ultimate Fighting Championship to head to the Abu Dhabi desert and ‘Fight Island.’

White has been determined to put on shows at a purpose-built and isolated location on an island since lockdown began.

That dream will come true soon as the UFC put on four shows on Yas Island.

Gilbert Burns had to pull out of the main event at UFC 251 but Jorge Masvidal has stepped in for a title shot against Kamaru Usman.

UFC 251: Date and start time
The event is set to take place on July 12 and will be held behind closed doors.

The main event is slated to get underway at around 5am.

It will be the first event to take place on what has become known as ‘Fight Island’, which has been revealed to be located in Abu Dhabi.

Yas Island has held three previous UFC events including UFC 112 and UFC 242.

UFC 251: TV and live stream
BT Sport 1 will broadcast the event with their coverage of the prelims starting at 1am. Their main show starts at 3am ahead of Usman vs Masvidal.

The show will be live streamed on BT Sport’s website and app.

The early prelims will be shown on UFC’s Fight Pass for subscribers as normal.

In the US, all prelim bouts will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish.

The main event on ESPN+ will be pay-per-view in the US.

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Main card

Kamaru Usman (c) vs. Jorge Masvidal – Welterweight
Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs. Max Holloway – Featherweight
Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo – Bantamweight
Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas – Women’s Strawweight
Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant – Women’s Flyweight
Preliminary Card

Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka – Light Heavyweight
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Muslim Salikhov – Welterweight
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Danny Henry – Featherweight
Leonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov – Lightweight
Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Romanov – Heavyweight
Raulian Paiva vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov – Flyweight
Karol Rosa vs. Vanessa Melo – Women’s Bantamweight
Davey Grant vs. Martin Day – Bantamweight
Paige VanZant will face Amanda Ribas at UFC 251

Paige VanZant will face Amanda Ribas at UFC 251 UFC 251: What has been said?
On ‘Fight Island’, Dana White said: “We came up with the idea of having fights on ‘Fight Island’ because we needed a destination to hold international events during the global pandemic.

“Abu Dhabi has been an amazing location to hold fights over the past 10 years and it is the perfect place for these events.

“The infrastructure we are building will be such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the fighters that’s never been done before – from the arena, the private training facility, and the Octagon on the island – it’s going to be an experience that none of us will ever forget.

“I can’t wait to deliver amazing fights from Yas island.”

UFC 251 Usman Vs Masvidal: Start Time, How To Watch Or Stream Online And Full Fight Card

Masvidal, after his win over Nate Diaz.

Josh Hedges
UFC 251 just got interesting. Real interesting.

After Gilbert Burns was removed from UFC 251’s main event title fight against current champ Kamaru Usman at the last minute, most assumed the welterweight title would no longer be on the line this Saturday. Not so.

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Enter Jorge Masvidal.
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 vs. 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 defence. 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 favourite — but remember what happened the last time Masvidal faced off against a grinding wrestler?

You’d be crazy to write off Masvidal here.

How to watch UFC 251
This year the UFC entered a new partnership with ESPN. That’s great news for the UFC and the expansion of the sport of MMA, but bad news for consumer choice. If you want to watch UFC live in the US especially.

In the US, if you’re looking to watch UFC 251, you’ll only find the fight night on PPV through ESPN Plus. The cost structure is a bit confusing, but here are the options to watch UFC on ESPN, according to ESPN’s site.

Existing yearly ESPN Plus subscribers can order the upcoming UFC fight for $65.
Existing monthly ESPN Plus subscribers will be able to either upgrade to an annual plan and buy UFC PPV for $85 or purchase the ability to watch UFC PPV for $65 by itself.
New ESPN Plus subscribers can buy a bundle of one UFC PPV event (streaming in HD) and an ESPN Plus annual recurring subscription for $85. The ESPN Plus annual ESPN subscription will autorenew after one year, at the price of an ESPN Plus annual subscription at the time of autorenewal.
You can do all of the above at the link below.

Start time US
The main card starts at June 6, 10 p.M. ET (7 p.M. PT)
The prelims start at June 6, 8 p.M. ET (5 p.M. PT)
The early prelims start at June 6, 6 p.M. ET (3 p.M. PT)

UK
The main card starts at June 7, 3 a.M. BST
The prelims start at June 7, 1 a.M. BST
The early prelims start at June 6, 11 p.M. BST
Australia
The main card starts at June 7, 12 p.M. AEDT
The prelims start at June 7, 10 a.M. AEDT
The early prelims start at June 7, 8 a.M. AEDT

Fight Card Main Card
Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway
Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo
Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas
Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant

Prelims
Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Muslim Salikhov
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Danny Henry
Leonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov
Early Prelims (On UFC Fight Pass)
Marcin Tybura vs. Alexandr Romanov
Raulian Paiva vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
Karol Rosa vs. Vanessa Melo
Martin Day vs. Davey Grant

What about the undercard?
Well it’s fantastic. The main card in particular is spectacular, packing three title fights. Max Holloway attempt to regain his featherweight crown against current champ Alexander Volkanovski. Absolute banger. Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo might not be the Bantamweight title fight most MMA experts wanted, but it’s a great match-up featuring two of the best strikers in the UFC.

We also get to see the return of former strawweight queen Rose Namajunas. Man. This is a UFC card for the ages and you’d be crazy to miss it.

Watch Kamaru Usman Have Tough Sparring Session With Justin Gaethje Before UFC 251 Against Gilbert Burns

Kamaru Usman is preparing for his welterweight title defence against Gilbert Burns by enlisting Justin Gaethje as a sparring partner.

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ will defend his 170lbs belt for the second time on Fight Island on July 11 at UFC 251 – a card containing three world title fights.

Justin Gaethje and Kamaru Usman set about trading leather as their session ended up on the feet

Justin Gaethje (Instagram)

Justin Gaethje and Kamaru Usman set about trading leather as their session ended up on the feet
Usman will take on one of the most in-form fighters on the UFC roster in Burns, who leapfrogged Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards to claim a title shot.

The Brazilian trained with Usman at Sandford MMA in Florida, so the champion decided to switch camps for this fight so as to not reveal secrets ahead of the scrap.

And it has led him to train with interim lightweight champion Gaethje in Denver, with the pair working under the tutelage of Trevor Wittman.

Given they are both represented by Dominance MMA, seeing the two train together is hardly surprising. What may come as a shock is the intensity and brutality of the training sessions less than two weeks away.

Gaethje shared the footage on his Instagram account, with Wittman looking on in the background like an excited spectator.

“Iron sharpens iron,” he wrote. “How much would you pay to watch this for a few rounds? @usman84kg is looking like a straight killer.

“Glad to have him in the room. Just two dudes having fun”

Although switching between Colorado and Florida would have been a huge upheaval for the 33-year-old, Usman admitted he had planned on making the switch simply because of the surplus of contenders at 170lbs.

Gaethje claimed the interim lightweight strap against Tony Ferguson in May

Gaethje claimed the interim lightweight strap against Tony Ferguson in May
“I think eventually I would have changed things up anyway,” Usman told Low Kick MMA.

“We had a lot of welterweights at that gym. At some point, when you’re training with these guys on a daily basis and you’re the champion of the world, these guys know you in and out and if they get the better of you one day, they’re licking their chops thinking it’s their time.

“A little separation from that is good. It keeps that element of surprise, because these guys feel like they know you.

“One thing I firmly believe is that it’s my work. You can be with a great coach, but if you’re not putting the effort in, that coach isn’t going to help you win. That coach isn’t going to get in and fight for you. I know I put the work in.”

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Jorge Masvidal ‘absolutely Willing’ To Fight Kamaru Usman At UFC 251 On A Week’s Notice After Gilbert Burns Gets COVID-19

Jorge Masvidal is ‘absolutely willing’ to replace Gilbert Burns and face Kamaru Usman for the UFC welterweight world title on a week’s notice.

That’s according to his manager, who insists ‘Gamebred’ is ready and willing to live up to his moniker.

Burns was forced to withdraw from the main event at UFC 251 after contracting coronavirus to leave the main event on July 15 on Yas Island in serious jeopardy.

Jorge Masvidal could well face Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 on a week’s notice

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Jorge Masvidal could well face Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 on a week’s notice
However, reports have emerged suggesting Masvidal could well step up and save the day.

According to Ariel Helwani, manager Abraham Kawa has confirmed the BMF champion is ‘absolutely willing’ to step up and take the fight on a week’s notice.

The UFC desperately tried to book Masvidal against Usman earlier in the year, targeting the first week of July for International Fight Week.

Yet when the coronavirus crisis struck, financial limitations meant the company were unable to offer Masvidal terms he felt were right for him and he began to fire off some serious accusations about the way fighters are treated by the UFC and Dana White.

Masvidal knocked out Ben Askren in just six seconds at UFC 239

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Masvidal knocked out Ben Askren in just six seconds at UFC 239
But, provided compensation and reparations can be agreed between White and Masvidal, it seems all could be forgiven.

The 35-year-old enjoyed a sensational 2019, stopping Darren Till, Ben Askren and Nate Diaz to cement himself as a true pay-per-view superstar in the sport.

But the challenge posed to any welterweight by Usman is a daunting one; the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ is ranked No.6 on the pound-for-pound rankings and has lost just once in 17 professional fights.

Leon Edwards says Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman confrontation looked staged ‘WWE style’

How To Watch UFC 251 Online: Live Stream Usman Vs. Burns

Update: Gilbert Burns has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not compete against Kamaru Usman in UFC 251, according to ESPN. The UFC is yet to make an official announcement, but the fight is expected to be rescheduled at a later date. The two other title fights scheduled for UFC 251 (Alexander Volkanovski vs Max Holloway and Jose Aldo vs Petr Yan) are still expected to take place on July 11. 

After postponing events earlier this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, UFC CEO Dana White wasted no time in getting things back up and running. White promised MMA fans that the UFC would be the first sports league to start hosting live events again, and even hinted a private Fight Island would serve as a venue for future shows. That time has finally come: On Saturday, July 11, UFC 251 is hosting three explosive championship matches at Yas Island in the United Arab Emirates. Here’s everything you need to know about UFC 251: Usman vs. Burn, including the start time, the full card, and where you can tune into the all-important UFC 251 live stream (spoiler: it’s a pay-per-view event that will broadcast exclusively on ESPN+ in the US — sign up now and save $30).

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020Time: TBALocation: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab EmiratesArena: UFC Fight IslandHow To Watch UFC 251 Online In The U.S. 

The entire UFC 251 fight card is a pay-per-view event, and due to ESPN’s tight relationship with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, you’ll need ESPN+ if you want to live stream UFC 251 (this premium streaming platform is currently the only way to watch UFC pay-per-views). The good news is that ESPN+ is cheap at just $5 per month or $50 per year, and along with UFC events, your ESPN+ membership gives you access to a huge spread of other sports content. This bundle offer sweetens the deal, letting you score a year’s worth of ESPN+ along with the UFC 251 PPV package for just $85 — $30 less than the price of buying them separately.UFC 251 Fight CardKamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns (welterweight)Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway (featherweight)Petr Yan vs. José Aldo (bantamweight)Jéssica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas (women’s strawweight)Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant (women’s flyweight)

Most UFC pay-per-views feature at least one championship bout, and sometimes, MMA fans will get lucky with two title fights. The star-studded UFC 251 fight card boasts not two but three contests for the men’s welterweight, featherweight, and bantamweight belts, as well as a highly anticipated rematch between former women’s strawweight champions Jéssica Andrade and Rose Namajunas.

The main fight pits defending welterweight champ Kamaru Usman against Gilbert Burns. With 16 wins and a single loss under his belt, Usman is one of the brightest stars in the UFC right now, but the challenger for the throne is no novice: Gilbert Burns boasts an impressive record of 19 wins and only three losses, and currently stands as the top-ranked fighter on the UFC men’s welterweight roster (even if Usman currently holds the belt). Both fighters utilize grappling-heavy styles in the Octagon, with the majority of their recent wins coming via decision. UFC 251 will mark Usman’s second title defense since winning the championship in March of last year.More UFC

The co-main event at UFC 251 is a rematch between defending featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski (21-1) and Max Holloway (21-5), two veteran combatants who need little introduction among MMA fans. Both are top-ranked UFC featherweights and faced off last December at UFC 245, where Volkanovski defeated Holloway via unanimous decision to claim the title. Holloway, still the No. 1 fighter on the men’s featherweight roster, will be understandably hungry to get his belt back, but Volkanovski won’t let his first UFC title defense to end in disappointment so easily.

The third and final championship match on the UFC 251 fight card is a contest between Petr Yan (14-1) and José Aldo (28-6) for the vacant bantamweight title. One look at these two fighters’ records suggests that they are two stars crossing on different paths: Yan is a rising UFC talent who signed on with the promotion in 2018 (and has yet to lose a match since), while Aldo has been suffering from a string of recent defeats, having lost five of his last eight fights. This contest for the vacant bantamweight belt will be a fierce one, and you can bet that a veteran like Aldo will be eager to prove he’s still got what it takes to be a champion.

UFC 251: Usman vs. Burns is a pay-per-view event airing exclusively via ESPN+, so if you’ve yet to sign up for this premium sports streaming service, now’s the perfect time: This bundle deal lets you score a year’s subscription to ESPN+ along with the UFC 251 PPV for just $85 right now (a 25% discount).

How To Watch The ‘CMA Summer Stay-Cay’ Special

How To Watch The ‘CMA Summer Stay-Cay’ Special

The Country Music Association is just one day away from its first-ever CMA Summer Stay-Cay variety special starring the best and brightest of country music.

Billed as a multi-hour livestreamed event in place of the now-postponed CMA Fest, the CMA Summer Stay-Cay will feature performances, premieres and other surprises from a veritable who’s who of your favorite country stars including Lady A, Maddie & Tae, Brothers Osborne, Scotty McCreery and more than 30 others.

Kicking off the event will be a joint performance by Lauren Alaina, Cassadee Pope and Lindsay Ell. And that’s not all: Jason Aldean is set to hold his very own premiere party during the livestream, to celebrate the music video for his new single “Got What I Got” along with a special fan Q&A.

Also slated on the lineup are exclusive interviews with Brantley Gilbert, Rascal Flatts and Tenille Townes; a special edition of “Nashville’s House Band Series” with Darius Rucker; a “’90s Country Cover Challenge” featuring Russell Dickerson & Friends, Dustin Lynch, Carly Pearce, and more.

The CMA Summer Stay-Cay will air live on Wednesday (July 1) exclusively on YouTube and Facebook beginning at 6 p.M. ET/5 p.M. CT.
Check out the announcement for the can’t-miss country livestream below.