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UFC 251 full results: Usman decisions Masvidal; Volkanovski retains title vs. Holloway

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It didn’t take a genius to figure how Kamaru Usman was going to try to attack Jorge Masvidal on Saturday when they met at Flash Forum in the main event of UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi for Usman’s welterweight title.

Usman is a former national champion collegiate wrestler who had a full training camp. Masvidal took the fight on six days’ notice, and though he was in the gym most of the time, he wasn’t preparing specifically for a fight. The result, then, was hardly surprising.

Their grudge match turned into a one-sided beatdown, as Usman’s wrestling and clinch work carried the way as he rolled to a unanimous decision victory. - Kevin Iole

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 12: (L-R) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria punches Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 12: (L-R) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria punches Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

UFC 251 main card results

Welterweight title: Kamaru Usman (17-1) def. Jorge Masvidal (35-14) via unanimous decision (50-45 x 2, 49-46)

Featherweight title: Alexander Volkanovski (22-1) def. Max Holloway (21-6) via split decision (48-47 x 2, 47-48)

Vacant bantamweight title: Petr Yan (15-1) def. José Aldo (28-7) via TKO (punches) at 3:24 of R5

Women's strawweight: Rose Namajunas (10-4) def. Jéssica Andrade (20-8) via split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29)

Women's flyweight: Amanda Ribas (10-1) def. Paige VanZant (8-5) via submission (armbar) at 2:21 of R1

UFC 251 prelims results

Light heavyweight: Jiří Procházka (27-3) def. Volkan Oezdemir (17-5) via KO (punch) at 0:49 of R2

Welterweight: Muslim Salikhov (17-2) def. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (22-7) via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)

Featherweight: Makwan Amirkhani (16-4) def. Danny Henry (12-4) via submission (anaconda choke) at 3:15 of R1

Lightweight: Leonardo Santos (17-4-1) def. Roman Bogatov (10-1) via unanimous decision (29-26 x 3)

UFC 251 early prelims results

Heavyweight: Marcin Tybura (19-6) def. Maxim Grishin (30-8-2) via unanimous decision (30-27 x 2, 30-26)

Flyweight: Raulian Paiva (20-3) def. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (13-4) via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

Women's bantamweight: Karol Rosa (13-3) def. Vanessa Melo (10-8) via unanimous decision (30-26 x 2, 30-27)

Bantamweight: Davey Grant (10-4) def. Martin Day (9-4) via KO (punch) at 2:38 in R3

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