Jorge Masvidal is the fighter to watch at UFC 261 .
UFC 261 features three title fights including the rematch between Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title. The co-main event headlines Rose Namajunas and Zhang Weili for the strawweight title and the last title fight is between Valentina Shevchenko and Jéssica Andrade for the flyweight title. It will be in front of a sold-out crowd with 15,000 fans in attendance at Jacksonville, FL. The fighter to watch is who the pay-per-view card is surrounded by and that’s Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal.
Jorge Masvidal is coming off a defeat versus Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 after taking the fight on six days’ notice. Masvidal looked sharp coming out of the gates in the first round but as the fight progressed, his conditioning played a big factor.
Before replacing Gilbert Burns on the UFC 251 card, Masvidal was on a tear. He had won three fights in a row and all of them in a violent fashion. He defeated Darren Till with a nasty knockout at UFC Fight Night in London. Masvidal then went to UFC 239 and recorded the fastest KO in UFC history beating Ben Askren and then to cap off the 2019 year, he fought Nate Diaz for the BMF title and dominated Diaz for three rounds before the doctor stopped the fight.
Jorge Masvidal will face Kamaru Usman on a full fight camp this time
Now that Masvidal will have a full camp to prepare himself, this rematch will look very different from the first fight. His conditioning will be much improved in this fight and will play a big part. Masvidal is known for having great conditioning in his fights as he throws a high volume of strikes. Another factor that will play huge for Masvidal is he will have his head coach Mike Brown in his corner. Brown was not in his corner the first fight because he was tested positive for COVID-19.
As Jorge Masvidal returns to the octagon, all eyes will be on him to see if he can dethrone Kamaru Usman and become the new welterweight champion of the world.
UFC 261 takes place on Saturday, April 24, 2021, live from the VyStar Arena in Jacksonville, FL. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.