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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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How World Series of Poker's Daniel Negreanu has changed his approach

How World Series of Poker's Daniel Negreanu has changed his approach

NBC Sports Chicago recently caught up with six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu to talk about the type of player he's evolved into and a key moment from the beginning of his career.

Negreanu, who was promoting the subscription streaming service PokerGO®, has cashed in 112 WSOP events, earning $14,908,224 in them.

"There's two ways of playing. One is called the Game Theory Optimal approach and the other is Exploitative," Negreanu said over the phone. "So the Game Theory Optimal approach is designed so that if you're playing against the perfect robot, there's one specific play or one way of playing a hand that is correct. And now, when you play exploitatively, you might know that but you go, 'I know this would be correct, but this guy here, he always folds. So I'm going to bluff him. More than I should.' 

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"So what I learned over the last couple of years is how to incorporate both Game Theory Optimal play and Exploitative because I was purely one-hundred percent Exploitative until the last few years that I learned it was important to have some balance of myself because when you do veer from Game Theory Optimal you do become exploitable yourself and some of the top players are doing that against me."

Negreanu, now forced to play online like many others, is trying to eliminate the tendencies he sometimes displayed earlier in his career.

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"I wouldn't describe them as risks, I would say that I've had tendencies that if somebody is paying attention... So for example, as simple as this, when I bet all my chips on the river, I'm not bluffing. If my top opponents know that, now they can start making really big folds and their exploiting a weakness in my lack of balance in the situation because what you want to have, on the river you want people to think like, 'Well, alright... he could be bluffing, he could have it.' When they know specific things about what you'll do in a situation, they can take advantage of you," Negreanu said.

Daniel won the first WSOP event he ever played in, the $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event in 1998 when he was 23. As he pulled all the chips in, Negreanu became the youngest player to ever win a WSOP bracelet at the time.

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"I was just happy to be in the money, then I was at the final table and I was like, 'Wow, this is cool.' All of a sudden, I found myself heads up in a form called Pot Limit Hold'em, which I never really played before. ... In the final hand, we both had about even chips and I had ace-queen of hearts and he had the jack-10 of clubs and the flop came queen, jack, four with two clubs and one heart. So I had the top pair, he had the second pair, but he had a four card flush, a three card straight... He had a ton of outs. 

"The turn card was a blank, the river was a little black card and I couldn't even see it because I was just so emotionally invested, but I did see some people cheering for me, raising their arms. I was like, 'Alright, that means it's not a club.' And it was the six of spades. I won on the very last hand. An absolute what's called a 'coin flip' situation. The odds of me winning the hand right after the flop were around fifty-fifty."

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Why Daniel Negreanu thinks Phil Ivey is the best poker player in the world

Why Daniel Negreanu thinks Phil Ivey is the best poker player in the world

Six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu has seen everything and everyone at live tables — before the COVID-19 pandemic hit — during the course of his career.

NBC Sports Chicago recently caught up with "Kid Poker", who was promoting the streaming service PokerGO®, and asked who he thought the best poker player in the world was.

"So for me, it's always going to be Phil Ivey until otherwise stated," Negreanu said over the phone. "When you say 'poker', I think of all poker games. I think of Stud, Omaha, Triple Draw, Short Deck, everything... and Phil Ivey plays them all. There are certainly going to be some players who play just No Limit Hold'em, the most famous game, better than Phil Ivey right now because people have worked really hard on it. But as far as I'm concerned, Phil Ivey is the goat."

Ivey has 10 WSOP bracelets and 59 cashes to his poker portfolio, which earned him $6,261,200.

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