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Flashback: Charlie Murphy and his love for boxing

Flashback: Charlie Murphy and his love for boxing

Comedian Charlie Murphy passed away Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 57.

In the video above we take a look back on when Murphy joined "Chicago Tribune Live" in September 2012 and spoke with CSN's David Kaplan about his love for boxing.

In the segment Murphy discusses how he found his passion for boxing through the man who helped raise him, his first time meeting Mike Tyson, and who he believes is the greatest boxer to ever live.

"I would say Sugar Ray Robinson. He had more fights than Muhammad Ali, he just wasn't as flamboyant as far as outside of the ring," Murphy told Kaplan. "Ali was a media dog. Sugar Ray Robinson wasn't exactly that. He had charm but he could not match Muahmmad Ali. But as far as, if you take that part of it away from it, pure fighter? (Robinson). Overall it's Muahmmad Ali, because Muahmmad Ali transcended boxing."

Check out the entire interview in the video above.

How to watch UFC 251, Usman vs. Masvidal: Live stream, TV channel, fight card

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How to watch UFC 251, Usman vs. Masvidal: Live stream, TV channel, fight card

Jorge Masvidal's popularity has exploded in recent years since defeating Ben Askren with a flying knee in five seconds and Nate Diaz for the BMF belt.

But the legend of Masvidal can transcend the sport by dethroning welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 251. It's a fight fans are ecstatic for.

"This is trending off the charts," UFC president Dana White said during a UFC 251 media scrum. "This thing is trending higher than a Conor McGregor fight. The only that this fight is comparable to is Conor vs. Khabib [Nurmagomedov]."

It's a fight fans won't want to miss, so here is what you need to know to watch the fight.

When and where to watch

UFC 251 takes place Saturday, July 11 and a UFC event is broken into three parts, with three diferent start times and available to watch in up to three different places.

The first part of the card, called the Early Prelims starts at 5 p.m. CT. These are the first fights of the night. Those fights will be streamed on ESPN+ or UFC Fight Pass.

The second part of the card, called the Prelims, starts at 7 p.m. CT. These fights will be aired on ESPN and streamed on ESPN+.

The main card hosts the three title fights, including Usman vs. Masvidal. The main card begins at 9 p.m. CT and is only available on ESPN+ on PPV.

How much will it cost

To watch the main card of UFC 251, viewers will need an ESPN+ subscription and purchase the pay-per-view for $64.99.

Where is UFC 251 and what is Fight Island

Because of COVID-19 and restrictions to sporting events in the United States, Dana White said he was procuring an island to host fights in a safe environment. For many, this drummed up a Fyre Festival idea of fights on a remote, tropical island.

In reality, the UFC is hosting UFC 251 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Yas Island is a large complex built to host sports and entertain, containing a Formula 1 race track. Abu Dhabi built the Flash Forum to host the actual event while also putting an Octagon on a beach.

What titles are on the line

There are three title fights:

- Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal
- Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway
- Vacant bantamweight title bout: Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo

Fight card & weigh-in results

Main PPV Card

Kamaru Usman (170) vs. Jorge Masvidal (170) - welterweight title
Alexander Volkanovski (145) vs. Max Holloway (145) - featherweight title
Petr Yan (135) vs. Jose Aldo (135) - bantamweight title
Jessica Andrade (115) vs. Rose Namajunas (116)
Amanda Ribas (126) vs. Paige VanZant (126)

Prelim Card

Volkan Oezdemir (205.5) vs. Jiri Prochazka (205)
Elizeu Zaleski (171) vs. Muslim Salikhov (171)
Makwan Amirkhani (146) vs. Danny Henry (146)
Leonardo Santos (156) vs. Roman Bogatov (155.5)

Early Prelims

Marcin Tybura (252) vs. Maxim Grishin (223)
Raulian Paiva (129)* vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (126)
Karol Rosa (136) vs. Vanessa Melo (141)*
Davey Grant (136) vs. Martin Day (136)

* - missed weight


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UFC 251 weigh-in results: Jorge Masvidal makes weight with 1 week notice

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UFC 251 weigh-in results: Jorge Masvidal makes weight with 1 week notice

The UFC kicks off Fight Island with a banger of a card. Three title fights headline UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi and the card got a serious last minute upgrade.

One week out from the event, welterweight contender Gilbert Burns had to withdraw from his championship bout after a positive test for COVID-19. Welterweight Jorge Masvidal stepped in on short notice to fight champion Kamaru Usman, but the big hurdle was whether he'd make weight on such short notice.

After making weight, the title bout is official. 

Masvidal's popularity has exploded since a stunning five-second knockout of Ben Askren and defeating Nate Diaz for the "BMF" title at Madison Square Garden last year.

Usman wrestled in college at University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Other title fights see featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski putting his belt on the line against former champion Max Holloway. Petr Yan and Jose Aldo will fight for the vacant bantamweight title. If Aldo were to win, he'd join an elite club of fighters to win a title in two different weight classes.

Main PPV Card

Kamaru Usman (170) vs. Jorge Masvidal (170) - welterweight title
Alexander Volkanovski (145) vs. Max Holloway (145) - featherweight title
Petr Yan (135) vs. Jose Aldo (135) - bantamweight title
Jessica Andrade (115) vs. Rose Namajunas (116)
Amanda Ribas (126) vs. Paige VanZant (126)

Prelim Card

Volkan Oezdemir (205.5) vs. Jiri Prochazka (205)
Elizeu Zaleski (171) vs. Muslim Salikhov (171)
Makwan Amirkhani (146) vs. Danny Henry (146)
Leonardo Santos (156) vs. Roman Bogatov (155.5)

Early Prelims

Marcin Tybura (252) vs. Maxim Grishin (223)
Raulian Paiva (129)* vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (126)
Karol Rosa (136) vs. Vanessa Melo (141)*
Davey Grant (136) vs. Martin Day (136)

* - missed weight


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