UFC 261: Usman vs. Masvidal 2 will be a loaded card with 13 fights across multiple divisions with 3 championship bouts. “The Nigerian Nightmare” Kamaru Usman will defend his welterweight championship in a rematch from UFC 251 against Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal. Usman won their last bout by unanimous decision when these two fighters met on short notice at UFC 251. Due to undisclosed circumstances, Jamey Simmons vs. Johnny Munoz was pulled from the card. Other notable bouts include a full display of the women of the UFC with the strawweight and flyweight champions defending their titles.
Saturday’s fights will take place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. There will be up to 15,000 fans in attendance; however, cord cutters can find out how to watch UFC 261 below.
When to Watch
Early prelims start Saturday, April 24, at 5:45 p.m. ET with the main card beginning at 10 p.m. ET.
Where to Watch
You can watch all of the prelims on ESPN and ESPN+. UFC Fight Pass subscribers can also watch the early prelims.
The main card is a pay-per-view event that existing ESPN+ subscribers can purchase for $69.99, and new subscribers can save 30% by purchasing UFC 261 and signing up to the ESPN+ Annual Plan for $89.98. Click here to sign up.
What’s the Schedule?
Early Prelims — Beginning at 5:45 p.m. ET
- Danaa Batgerel (1-1) vs. Kevin Natividad (9-3) [Bantamweight bout]
- Kazula Vargas (0-2) vs. Rong Zhu (0-0) [Lightweight bout]
- Qileng Aori (0-0) vs. Jeffrey Molina (1-0) [Flyweight bout]
- Na Liang (0-0) vs. Ariane Carnelossi (0-1) [Women’s Strawweight]
Prelims — Beginning at 8 p.m. ET
- Alex Oliveira (22-9-1, 2NC) vs. Randy Brown (12-4) [Welterweight bout]
- Dwight Grant (12-3) vs. Stefan Sekulic (10-3) [Welterweight bout]
- Karl Roberson (9-3) vs. Brendan Allen (15-4) [Middleweight bout]
- Patrick Sabatini (13-3) vs. Tristan Connelly (14-6) [Featherweight bout]
Main Card— Beginning at 10 p.m. ET
- Kamaru Usman (c) (18-1) vs. #4 Jorge Masvidal (35-14) [Welterweight title bout]
- Zhang Weili © (21-1) vs. #1 Rose Namajunas (10-4) [Women’s Strawweight title bout]
- Valentina Shevchenko (c) (20-3) vs. #1 Jessica Andrade (21-8) [Women’s Flyweight title bout]
- #11 Chris Weidman (15-5) vs. #9 Uriah Hall (17-9) [Middleweight bout]
- #6 Anthony Smith (34-16) vs. #13 Jimmy Crute (12-1) [Light heavyweight bout]
Catch all of the combat action live from the Octagon and save 30% by purchasing UFC 261 and signing up to the ESPN+ Annual Plan for $89.98.
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