As we all know The biggest MMA promotion in the world is coming back to Australia, with UFC 251 being held in Perth on June 7, 2020. It’s the second time the UFC has bought a PPV card Down Under in less than a year after the huge success of UFC 243 in October 2019.
Here’s everything we know so far about UFC 251 Live.
What We Cover in this Article
WHEN IS UFC 251?
UFC 251 will be held on Sunday, June 7. It will start in the morning and run through until around 9pm ET time. That’s to coincide with prime time viewing in the US.
There will be no AFL held in Perth that weekend, with the West Coast Eagles having a bye and Fremantle playing the Swans in Sydney.
UFC 251 TICKETS – ARE TICKETS ON SALE?
Tickets for UFC 251 aren’t on sale yet. As we know UFC will announce the details in a press brefing. You can sign up for exclusive pre-sale announcements with the UFC here.
WHERE IS UFC 251?
UFC 251 will be held at Perth’s RAC Arena. The venue can seat 15,000 people and hosted UFC 221 two years ago.
UFC 251 – WHO IS FIGHTING?
While not officially announced by the organization, a UFC Featherweight Championship rematch between current champion Alexander Volkanovski and former champion Max Holloway is expected to headline the event. The pairing first met at UFC 245, in which Volkanovski defeated Holloway by unanimous decision.
A UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship bout between current champion Valentina Shevchenko and Joanne Calderwood is expected to take place at the event.
Breaking: Valentina Shevchenko’s (@BulletValentina) next title defense will come against Joanne Calderwood (@DRkneevil) at UFC 251 on June 6. Both sides have agreed to the fight, per sources. More details coming to ESPN shortly. pic.twitter.com/PkjiYdnn0D— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) February 20, 2020
Stay tuned here for more updates and fight announcements as fight date gets closer.
IS ALEX VOLKANOVSKI FIGHTING AT UFC 251?
Probably. Australia’s featherweight champion looks likely to defend his 145 pound belt in a rematch with Max Holloway.
UFC 251 will be held in Perth, Australia and will be headlined by a Volkanovski title defence.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) February 25, 2020
All signs have pointed to Max Holloway as the challenger.
Holloway is recovering from a broken hand, and only recently started punching again. “I’m a professional so I’m making sure I can do whatever I can to get training again,” he said at UFC Auckland.
“I’m starting to wrestle and drilling. It’s good. I’m already a couple of weeks ahead.”
UFC 221 IN PERTH
The last time the UFC was in Perth (which was also the WA capital’s promotional debut) Yoel Romero knocked out Luke Rockhold in the third round. Originally, Rob Whittaker was scheduled to defend the middleweight title against Rockhold, but had to pull out due to injury.
Also on the card, Tai Tuivasa, Tyson Pedro, Jake Matthews, Ross Pearson and Luke Jumeau all earned wins.
The day also marked Israel Adesanya’s UFC debut, earning a second round stoppage win over Rob Wilkinson.
UFC 249 – NURMAGOMEDOV VS FERGUSON
UFC 249 will be another classic, with the long awaited showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.
The pair will finally fight for Nurmagomedov’s lightweight title after years of close calls and cancelled match-ups.
UFC 249 will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Barclays Center, Brooklyn United States. It will also see Uriah Hall and Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza in a middleweight bout, while Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas will rematch.
We updated frequently as more news about UFC 251 comes in. Stay tuned here for more updates and fight announcements as fight date gets closer.
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