UFC 261: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal 2 fight card.
The UFC returns to the sunshine state this weekend as they welcome back fans with a card that includes three stellar title fights.
UFC 261 will be headlined by a welterweight title rematch between champion Kamaru Usman and challenger Jorge Masvidal. Usman put on a dominant display against Masvidal in their first meeting at UFC 251, albeit a fight that Masvidal accepted on just six days’ notice. Usman successfully defended the title and is now coming off a stoppage win over Gilbert Burns just two months ago. It will be interesting to see how the fight plays now that Masvidal has more than six days to cut weight and prepare.
Preceding the main event will be back-to-back title fights in the women’s divisions. Flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko will look for her fifth-straight title defense against Jessica Andrade, while strawweight champion Zhang Weili competes for the first time in over a year when she takes on former titleholder “Thug” Rose Namajunas.
Rounding out the main card is a middleweight matchup between top-10 fighters Uriah Hall and Chris Weidman, as well as a light heavyweight scrap that features Anthony Smith vs. Jimmy Crute.
Full UFC 261: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal fight cardMain Card (10 p.m. ET, PPV):
- Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge MasvidalZhang Weili vs. Rose NamajunasValentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica AndradeUriah Hall vs. Chris WeidmanAnthony Smith vs. Jimmy Crute
Preliminary Card (8 p.m. ET, ESPN & ESPN+):
- Alex Oliveira vs. Randy BrownDwight Grant vs. Stefan SekulicKarl Roberson vs. Brendan AllenPatrick Sabatini vs. Tristan Connelly
Early Preliminary Card (5:45 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass & ESPN+)
- Danaa Batgerel vs. Kevin NatividadKazula Vargas vs. Rong ZhuQileng Aori vs. Jeffrey MolinaNa Liang vs. Ariane CarnelossiJamey Simmons vs. Johnny Munoz
UFC 261 takes place on Saturday, April 24, 2021, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.