Before we begin, two notes to pass along:
First of all, the Southeastern Conference voted Friday to permit student-athletes to work out voluntarily at its member schools’ facilities beginning Monday, June 8.
This move comes on the heels of the NCAA’s allowance of student-athletes to work out voluntarily on campus beginning the week prior on Monday, June 1.
The Big Ten Conference, however, is choosing to have its individual member institutions open up at their discretion.
Second, rumors suggest that a UFC Flyweight title rematch between No. 1 contender Joseph Benavidez and No. 2 contender Deivison Figureido will take place at the July 18 UFC Fight Night.
Benavidez and Figureido last fought each other in February in Norfolk, VA for the championship but only Benavidez could win the belt with a victory due to Figureido, who won by second-round TKO, missing weight at the previous afternoon’s weigh-in.
Onward to today’s topic:
It appears that UFC 251 on July 11 has its second fight booked.
VanZant vs. Ribas rebooked for July:
In addition to featuring a Heavyweight showcase between No. 11 contender Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-5) and Ciryl Gane (6-0) in a rebooking from the original UFC 249, the show will also hold a Women’s Flyweight contest matching No. 15 contender Paige VanZant (8-4) with No. 15 Strawweight contender Amanda Ribas (9-1)
VanZant and Ribas were initially booked to fight at the March 14 UFC on ESPN+ 28 in a Strawweight contest in Brasilia, BR, but VanZant withdrew from the card after sustaining a broken arm prior to the event.
Ribas instead fought to a unanimous decision victory against Randa Markos during the show’s undercard.
The March 14 show took place without spectators or credentialed press in Gimnasio Nilson Nelson due to safety precautions taken to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Combate, a Brazilian sports news outlet, first reported the rebooking on Thursday, and subsequent to the report, those familiar with the rebooking confirmed it to ESPN.
Where could the card take place?
Although the UFC has yet to officially reveal the host venue and host city for the new UFC 251 (the original 251 was to have taken place in Perth, Australia before being postponed due to the coronavirus), Paige VanZant may have clued fans in on Thursday via her Instagram:
If VanZant’s post turns out correct, the new UFC 251 will be held on Fight Island, still under construction and targeted to be open sometime in June.
We’ll keep you posted on where UFC 251 will originate from and the fights booked for this card, so keep it here.