On April 16, Vicente Luque and Belal Muhammad will collide in an eagerly anticipated rematch at UFC Vegas 51, and we’ve got everything you need to know, including the UK start time.
Their previous collision took place on the historic UFC 205 card at Madison Square Garden, in which Conor McGregor relived Eddie Alvarez of the lightweight title. But the Irishman wasn’t the only impressive performer that evening.
A few hours before the main event, Luque landed an absolute peach of a left hook to put his name in lights.
Muhammad spiralled to the floor before his Brazilian opponent jumped on top of him and finished the contest with a brutal onslaught of ground and pound. Since this devastating defeat, the American has chased the rematch, and now he has his opportunity to put things right.
It’s fair to say that both men have drastically improved from the last time they met. Luque is ranked fifth in the welterweight division and has beaten the likes of Tyron Woodley and Michael Chiesa. Muhammad stands just one place behind him.
After overcoming an eye injury in his fight against Leon Edwards, the welterweight made the rest of 2021 count. He picked up decision victories against Damian Maia and Stephen Thompson to announce himself as a top-level contender.
Saturday’s headliner has significant importance in the 170-pound weight class. It puts the winner just one fight away from a shot at Kamaru Usman’s belt. So with that in mind, we’ve got all the details to make sure that you can catch all of the action.
UFC Vegas 51 UK start time
By this point, British fans know the drill. If they want to watch this intriguing welterweight battle, they’ll have to fuel up on energy drinks because this one is going into the early hours of the morning.
The prelims begin at 10:30 PM and will go on for three hours before the main card commences at 1:30 AM, in the early hours of Sunday morning.
How can fans watch UFC Vegas 51?
Casual UFC enthusiasts can flick on their television and indulge in everything the main card has to bring on BT Sport. But if you’re a hardcore aficionado, there’s no doubt that you’ll want to watch the entire card.
Luckily we’ve got you covered. Those who subscribe to Fight Pass can enjoy all of the early contests via the app.
How much does it cost to watch UFC Vegas 51?
If you’ve not purchased a BT Sport package, then it’s not too late. The company has several options for fans to pick what suits them the best.
They can sign up for the Big Sport bundle for £41 per month. This grants them access to Sky Sports, BT Sport, Box Nation and Now Sports.
But if you’re only interested in the UFC, you set up a monthly subscription to the sports package for £16 per month.
This comes with BT Sport and Box Nation. Alternatively, if you don’t want to sign up for a regular payment, you can purchase a monthly pass for £25.
UFC Fight pass is available for £6.99 a month or £71.99 a year.
UFC Vegas 51 fight card
If Luque and Muhammad’s first fight is anything to go by, then their rematch has all the ingredients of an absolute barnburner.
But the main event isn’t the only match-up to look forward to. There are plenty of other intriguing contests on the bill for fans to get their teeth sunk into.
UFC Vegas 51 Main Card
Welterweight: Vicente Luque vs Belal Muhammad
Middleweight: Caio Borralho vs Gadzhi Omargadzhiev
Welterweight: Miguel Baeza vs Andre Fialho
Women Bantamweight: Mayra Bueno Silva vs Yanan Wu
Featherweight: Pat Sabatini vs TJ Laramie
Welterweight: Mounir Lazzez vs Ange Loosa
UFC Vegas 51 Preliminary Card
Light Heavyweight: Devin Clark vs William Knight
Women Bantamweight: Lina Lansberg vs Pannie Kianzad
Lightweight: Drakkar Klose vs Brandon Jenkins
Lightweight: Rafa Garcia vs Jesse Ronson
Heavyweight: Chris Barnett vs Martin Buday
Lightweight Jordan Leavitt: vs Trey Ogden
Women Strawweight: Istela Nunes vs Sam Hughes
Bantamweight: Alatengheili vs Kevin Croom
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