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.
When is Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal 2?
- Date: Saturday, April 24
- Early prelims: 5:45 p.m. ET
- Prelims: 8 p.m. ET
- PPV main card: 10 p.m. ET
The early prelims for UFC 261 will begin on ESPN+ at 5:45 p.m. ET, the prelims will start on ESPN+ and ESPN at 8 p.m., and the pay-per-view main card on ESPN+ rounds out the night from 10 p.m. through at least midnight. Usman and Masvidal are expected to hit the Octagon about 12:15 a.m. ET, although the exact time depends on the length of the earlier fights.
How to watch UFC 261: Usman vs. Masvidal
- TV channels: ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+
The main card for UFC 261 is available in the U.S. on the ESPN+ subscription service for a pay-per-view cost. That portion of the event begins at about 10 p.m.
Earlier fights, however, are viewable live on ESPN, the WatchESPN app and, for the early prelims, on UFC Fight Pass.
In Canada, the main card pay-per-view is available on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink, and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
How much does UFC 261 cost?
- $64.99 (ESPN+ subscribers)
- $84.99 (new subscribers)
In the U.S., the UFC 261 main card is available via pay-per-view on ESPN+, which also requires a subscription. The PPV price for UFC 261 is $69.99 for current subscribers. New subscribers can pay a bundle price of $89.99 for the UFC 261 pay-per-view and an ESPN+ annual subscription, which offers a savings of over 30 percent.
Where is UFC 261?
UFC 261 will take 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. The event sold out within hours and 15,000 fans are expected to be in the arena for the event.
Usman vs. Masvidal odds for UFC 261
- Kamaru Usman: -400
- Jorge Masvidal: +300
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Usman is currently a considerable favorite at -400 with Masvidal sitting at +300. As the odds currently stand, one would need to bet $400 on Usman to gain a $100 profit. A $100 wager on Masvidal would yield a $300 return.
Kamaru Usman record
- Name: Kamaru Usman
- Nationality: Nigerian American
- Born: May 11, 1987
- Height: 6-0
- Reach: 76 inches
- Total fights: 19
- Record: 18-1
Jorge Masvidal record
- Name: Jorge Masvidal
- Nationality: American
- Born: Nov. 12, 1984
- Height: 5-11
- Reach: 74 inches
- Total fights: 49
- Record: 35-14
UFC 261 fight card
- Kamaru Usman (c) vs. Jorge Masvidal for Usman’s UFC welterweight championship
- Zhang Weili (c) vs. Rose Namajunas for Zhang’s UFC women’s strawweight championship
- Valentina Shevchenko (c) vs. Jessica Andrade for Shevchenko’s UFC women’s flyweight championship
- Uriah Hall vs. Chris Weidman (middleweight)
- Anthony Smith vs. Jimmy Crute (light heavyweight)
- Alex Oliveira vs. Randy Brown (welterweight)
- Dwight Grant vs. Stefan Sekulic (welterweight)
- Karl Roberson vs. Brendan Allen (middleweight)
- Patrick Sabatini vs. Tristan Connelly (featherweight)
- Danaa Batgerel vs. Kevin Natividad (bantamweight)
- Kazula Vargas vs. Rong Zhu (lightweight)
- Qileng Aori vs. Jeffrey Molina (flyweight)
- Na Liang vs. Ariane Carnelossi (women’s strawweight)
- Jamey Simmons vs. Johnny Muñoz (bantamweight)