UFC 261: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal fight card & live stream info.
For the first time in over a year, the UFC will play host to a live, full-capacity crowd when it presents an epically-hyped night of action, featuring three title fights, with UFC 261 from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL.
In the main event, Kamaru Usman will defend the UFC welterweight championship in a rematch with Jorge Masvidal.
The two first met at UFC 261 in July, with Masvidal filling in for Gilbert Burns on about a week’s notice. Usman won the fight in a one-sided unanimous decision.
Usman successfully retained the title against Burns at UFC 258 in February; meanwhile, Masvidal hasn’t fought since the loss to Usman.
The co-main event arguably has fans more excited for it than the actual headliner. There, Weili Zhang will make her return to the Octagon and defend the UFC women’s strawweight championship against former champ Rose Namajunas.
Zhang, who defeated Jessica Andrade in her home country of China to win the title in August 2019, hasn’t fought since her epic war with Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 248 ‚— a bout that earned 2020 Fight of the Year honors. Namajunas, who won the title from Jedrzejczyk and retained it against her, defeated Andrade by decision at UFC 251. That was Namajunas’ first fight since losing the belt to Andrade at UFC 237.
Andrade will be featured in the evening’s other featured contest, challenging Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC women’s flyweight title. Shevchenko will be looking for her fifth defense of the belt, having previously retained against Jessica Eye, Liz Carmouche, Katlyn Chookagian and Jennifer Maia. Andrade earned this title shot with a late, first-round finish of Chookagian in October in her flyweight debut.
Here’s all the broadcast information to check out UFC 261:
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021Start Time: Early Prelims start at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT, Prelims start at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, Main Card starts at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PTLocation: Jacksonville, FLVenue: VyStar Veterans Memorial ArenaMain Card Live Stream: ESPN+ PPVPrelims Live Stream: ESPN, ESPN+Early Prelims Live Stream: ESPN2, ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass
Full UFC 261: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal 2 fight cardMain Card (10 p.m. ET, ESPN+ PPV)
Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge MasvidalWeili Zhang 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 AllenPat Sabatini vs. Tristan Connelly
Early Prelim Card (6 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass)
Danaa Batgerel vs. Kevin NatividadKazula Vargas vs. Rong ZhuQileng Aori vs. Jeffrey MolinaNa Liang vs. Ariane Carnelossi
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.