UFC 261 Show
Date: April 24
Location: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena — Jacksonville, Florida
Start time: 10 p.m. ET (Main card)
TV : ESPN+ PPV
Kamaru Usman will once again defend his UFC welterweight title against Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC 261, which takes place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. It will be the first UFC event since March 2020 that a full capacity crowd will be available in the United States.
Usman vs. Masvidal 2 is one of three title fights on the card that sold out within hours and over 15,000 fans are expected to be in the arena.
The last time Usman and Masvidal met nine months ago, Gamebred had stepped in on less than a week’s notice to challenge for the title when Usman’s original opponent, Gilbert Burns, had to be pulled out due to contracting COVID-19.
Usman dominated the fight with clinch work and takedowns to earn a unanimous decision and retain his title. But now that both fighters have had a full camp, will things be different this time around?
Also on the card is Valentina Shevchenko defending her women’s flyweight title against Jessica Andrade while Zhang Weili puts her women’s strawweight title on the line against former champion Rose Namajunas.
Below is a full rundown of the schedule for UFC 261, with details on the fight matchups, start times, odds and more for Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal.
UFC 261 fight Card :
Main Card (10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV)
- Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal
- Zhang Weili vs. Rose Namajunas
- Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Andrade
- Uriah Hall vs. Chris Weidman
- Anthony Smith vs. Jim Crute
Prelims (8 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+)
- Alex Oliveira vs. Randy Brown
- Dwight Grant vs. Stefan Sekulic
- Karl Roberson vs. Brendan Allen
- Patrick Sabatini vs. Tristan Connelly
Early Prelims (5:45 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass)
- Danaa Batgerel vs. Kevin Natividad
- Kazula Vargas vs. Rongzhu
- Aoriqileng vs. Jeffrey Molina
- Liang Na vs. Ariane Carnelossi
UFC 261 fight odds :
- Kamaru Usman (c) -400 vs. Jorge Masvidal +310, welterweight championship
- Weili Zhang (c) -200 vs. Rose Namajunas +170, women’s strawweight championship
- Valentina Shevchenko (c) -470 vs. Jessica Andrade +360, women’s flyweight championship
- Chris Weidman -125 vs. Uriah Hall +105, middleweight
- Jimmy Crute -200 vs. Anthony Smith +170, light heavyweight
- Randy Brown -150 vs. Alex Oliveira +125, welterweight
- Dwight Grant -210 vs. Stefan Sekulic +175, welterweight
- Brendan Allen -160 vs. Karl Roberson +135, middleweight
- Patrick Sabatini -260 vs. Tristan Connelly +210, featherweight
- Danaa Batgerel -200 vs. Kevin Natividad +170, bantamweight
- Qileng Aori -110 vs. Jeffrey Molina -110, flyweight
- Johnny Munoz -300 vs. Jamey Simmons +240, bantamweight
- Rong Zhu -240 vs. Kazula Vargas +200, lightweight
- Ariane Carnelossi -210 vs. Na Liang +175, women’s strawweight