The Island of Struggle, in Yas, Abu Dhabi, was the scene where the UFC placed the big fight between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal. The Nigerian won by decision of the judges, after receiving the cards of 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46 in his favor. The challenger, who was called at the last minute to replace Gilbert Burns, after testing positive for coronavirus, noted the lack of specific preparation that the African did have, being successful with his second defense.
Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal shared the main event at UFC 251 at Fight Island and the two welterweights were also top-grossing in earnings on Saturday night. In the first main card fight, Paige VanZant took home $ 60,000 (dollars), despite losing in the first round. His guaranteed money was much higher than that of Amanda Ribas, who took $ 28,000 in what was the final fight of the influencer in her contract with UFC.
Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas won an additional $ 50,000 for their performance of the night. The two women took home $ 165,000 and $ 265,000 respectively. In the first title fight, the vacant bantamweight, Petr Yan earned $ 230,000 for his victory. The Russian’s money was split into $ 100,000 for the fight, $ 100,000 more for his win and another $ 30,000 for bonus. José Aldo, for his part, took home $ 310,000. In the controversial co-main event, where featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski took victory over Max Holloway in a split decision. There, the champion walked away with $ 390,000, while the challenger earned $ 310,000 for his fight.
The salaries of the stellar
Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman had a payday of $ 640,000 in total. While the challenger, Jorge Masvidal, who was in a dispute with the president of UFC, Dana White, in a series of statements in various interviews and via social networks for her payment, received a total of $ 530,000. The latter hinted earlier Saturday night that the new deal he signed was for more than just Saturday’s fight, so we can look forward to seeing him in the Octagon again.
UFC 251 Results
Welterweight: Kamaru Usman defeated Jorge Masvidal and retained the welterweight title.
Feather: Alexander Volkanovski defeated Max Holloway and retained the featherweight title.
Rooster: Petr Yan defeated Jose Aldo by technical knockout and won the bantamweight title.
Female Handjob: Rose Namajunas defeated Jessica Andrade by split decision.
Female Fly: Amanda Ribas defeated Paige VanZant by submission.
Light Heavyweight: Jiří Procházka defeated Volkan Oezdemir by knockout.
Welter: Muslim Salikhov defeated Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos by split decision.
Feather: Danny Henry defeated Makwan Amirkhani via submission.
Lightweight: Leonardo Santos defeated Roman Bogatov by unanimous decision.
Heavy: Marcin Tybura defeated Maxim Grishin by unanimous decision.
Fly: Raulian Paiva defeated Zhalgas Zhumagulov by unanimous decision.
Gallo Femenino: Karol Rosa defeated Vanessa Melo by unanimous decision.
Gallo: Davey Grant defeated Martin Day by unanimous decision knockout.