UFC 261 Live: UFC 261, headlined by the main event featuring Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal in a UFC welterweight championship bout, takes place on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
In a welterweight title bout in Saturday’s main event, Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal meet at UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. The early prelims kick off at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+, with the main card on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the UFC 261 Usman vs. Masvidal odds and lines
The UFC is back on pay-per-view Saturday with three title fights at UFC 261, and the promotion is getting fans ready with its popular “Embedded” series.
UFC 261 takes place Saturday at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.
In the main event, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman defends his title in a rematch with Jorge Masvidal. In the co-headliner, women’s flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko aims for her fifth consecutive title defense when she takes on Jessica Andrade. A third title fight also sees Zhang Weili defend her strawweight crown against ex-champ Rose Namajunas.
UFC 261 is inching closer to kick off. Nearly a year after the global shutdown because of the global pandemic and forced isolation of the public, fans return to the arena on Saturday night in Jacksonville, Florida with a trio of title fights to welcome them back UFC president Dana White has nothing but big plans for the rest of 2021 and it all starts at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.
The UFC will take another big step toward normalcy this weekend, with a UFC 261 pay-per-view event in Jacksonville, Florida, in front of a full capacity crowd.
It’s pretty interesting this landmark event will feature a welterweight title fight main event between Kamaru Usman (18-1) and Jorge Masvidal. (35-14). That’s the exact same matchup that headlined another landmark moment last July — when the UFC made its debut in the now-famous Fight Island over in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Why did the UFC go back to this matchup to serve as headliner in such a major spot? Especially because the first meeting was very one-sided in Usman’s favor?
The answer lies in Usman’s record. He has already beaten the UFC’s official No. 1-ranked contender in Colby Covington. He has beaten the No. 2-ranked Gilbert Burns, as well as the No. 3-ranked Leon Edwards. And oh, would you look at that, there’s Masvidal at No. 4, whom he has obviously taken out as well.
When you’re as dominant as Usman has been — 13 consecutive wins — you get a strong say in the direction of your career. Usman probably could have chosen any of these four to fight next, and he specifically requested Masvidal.