|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||July 11, 2020|
UFC 251 is a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will take place on July 11, 2020 at a yet TBD location. It was originally planned to take place on June 6 at Perth Arena in Perth, Australia. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was eventually postponed on April 9.
The event would have marked the promotion's second visit to Perth, following UFC 221 in February 2018. However, the promotion later announced on May 5 that it would officially postpone the realization of this event in Perth.
While not officially announced by the organization, a UFC Featherweight Championship rematch between current champion Alexander Volkanovski and former champion Max Holloway was expected to headline the event. The pairing first met at UFC 245, where Volkanovski defeated Holloway via unanimous decision to capture the title.
A UFC Women's Flyweight Championship bout between current champion Valentina Shevchenko and Joanne Calderwood was expected to take place at the event. However, Shevchenko was forced to withdraw from the event on March 31 due to a leg injury and the bout was postponed.
New event date
- Heavyweight bout: Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Ciryl Gane
- Women's Flyweight bout: Paige VanZant vs. Amanda Ribas
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- Mike Bohn (2020-02-20). "Champ Valentina Shevchenko meets Joanne Calderwood at UFC 251 in June". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
- Danny Segura (2020-03-31). "Valentina Shevchenko injured; UFC 251 title fight vs. Joanne Calderwood on hold". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
- Jay Pettry (2020-05-22). "First 'Fight Island' match announced: Paige VanZant meets Amanda Ribas on July 11". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
- "Luta entre Amanda Ribas e Paige VanZant é remarcada para 11 de julho pelo UFC". Globoesporte (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-05-23.
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