Usman-Burns, 2 other title bouts set for UFC 251 in July
A welterweight title bout between champion Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns is set to headline UFC 251 on July 11 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UFC president Dana White announced on ESPN's "First Take" Tuesday.
The card will also feature a featherweight title rematch between titleholder Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway, as well as a vacant bantamweight title fight between Petr Yan and Jose Aldo.
Usman is coming off his first title defense, a fifth-round TKO of Colby Covington at UFC 245 last December. "The Nigerian Nightmare" is 11-0 in the Octagon and hasn't lost since 2013 in his second professional fight.
Burns, ranked No. 1 in the division, dominated former champ Tyron Woodley on May 30 in Las Vegas to extend his winning streak to six. "Durinho" is 4-0 since moving up to the 170-pound division in 2019, and he also boasts wins over Demian Maia and Gunnar Nelson.
Volkanovski and Holloway met in the UFC 245 co-headliner, with the former winning the belt by unanimous decision. They were originally slated to fight again on June 6 in Perth, Australia, but the event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Volkanovski, who beat Aldo and Chad Mendes before winning the title, is 8-0 in the UFC. Holloway had been the champion since June 2017 and defended the belt three times.
Yan and Aldo will meet for the vacant title following former champion Henry Cejudo's retirement in May. Yan is coming off a TKO victory over UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber late last year, and he's won six straight fights in the promotion. Aldo made his bantamweight debut at UFC 245, dropping a split decision to Marlon Moraes.
The card will also feature a strawweight rematch between ex-champions Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade, as well as a bout between Paige VanZant and Amanda Ribas, White announced.