After promising to be one of the events on the year on paper, UFC 251 duly delivered with three top-level title fights.

Headlined by a successful welterweight title defence by Kamaru Usman against Jorge Masvidal, the champion rebounded from potentially dropping the first round to go on to control the rest of the bout. Employing his tiresome clinch work against the cage, Usman would stifle Masvidal’s striking and nullify the space ‘Gamebred’ needed to work.

In the second title fight of the evening, Alexander Volkanovski squeaked by Max Holloway on split scorecards after a real struggle in the first two rounds. While the final three rounds were closely contested, many argued that Holloway deserved the nod in their immediate rematch.

Meanwhile in the vacant bantamweight championship bout, Petr Yan’s cardio allowed him to outlast Jose Aldo and secure a fifth-round TKO – albeit much later than those watching would have liked. After both men displayed excellent technique in a what essentially became a Thai boxing bout, Yan took control in the later rounds before truly dominating in the fifth.

Elsewhere at UFC 251, Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade fought out a fight of the year contender, rising star Amanda Ribas made quick work of Paige VanZant while UFC debutant Jiri Prochazka knocked out the #7 ranked Volkan Oezdemir in the light heavyweight division.

With the first event of Fight Island in the books, and the second fast approaching this Wednesday night, here are five fights to make with the winners of Saturday nights main card: