Jorge Masvidal agreed to fight UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at Saturday’s UFC 251 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, ESPN reported.
A William Hill bettor in Nevada lost a $100,000 wager Saturday on Dan Hooker (+200) over Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC on ESPN 12 in Las Vegas.
Poirier outlasted Hooker in a five-round slugfest between lightweight contenders that may have been the best fight of the year.
The lightweight contender, who will take on Dan Hooker in Saturday’s main event, was named the inaugural recipient of the Forrest Griffin Community Award on Friday.
To produce a plus price, MMA handicapper Lou Finocchiaro is playing a two-team parlay of Dustin Poirier (-210) and Tanner Boser (-105) that pays +188.
Welterweight Ramiz Brahimaj is off Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 12 card at the UFC Apex facility after one of his cornermen’s COVID-19 test came back positive.
Struggling welterweight Mike Perry’s only cornerperson for his UFC on ESPN 12 co-main event bout against Mickey Gall on Saturday will be his girlfriend.
A William Hill bettor won a $50,000 straight bet on Gillian Robertson that paid $43,478.25 when she submitted Cortney Casey in the third round Saturday at UFC on ESPN 11.
The Aug. 15 pay-per-view card will be headlined by the culmination of a heavyweight title fight trilogy between champion Stipe Miocic and former champ Daniel Cormier.
The heavyweight took Alexander Volkov down 14 times to improve to 8-1 in his last nine fights in the headliner of Saturday’s event at the UFC Apex Facility.
The intrigue for Saturday’s card at the UFC Apex facility will come in the co-main event between Shane Burgos and Josh Emmett, a handicapper said.
The 29-year-old heavyweight contender bucks the trend of the division’s big strikers and commits to the wrestling base that has carried him to this level.
Dana White said his sport would be the first back from the coronavirus pause, and the UFC president has delivered — and offered extremely detailed safety measures.