Three title fights take place on the UFC's huge upcoming offering, with Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal doing it one more time for the former's welterweight championship in the main event.
That headline bout has been dubbed "No Excuses" by the promotion. Usman retained his title against Masvidal last year, but the challenger was stepping in for Gilbert Burns at just one week's notice. Now, both men are fully prepared and locked on to one another, ensuring an extremely intriguing clash.
Supporting the big fight are two more mouthwatering championship collisions. It's Zhang Weili vs. Rose Namajunas for Weili's women's strawweight belt, while Valentina Shevchenko defends her flyweight title against Jéssica Andrade. Either bout could easily steal the show.
Here is everything you need to know about UFC 261: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal 2.
UFC 261 date, start time
- Date: Sunday, Apr. 25
- Preliminary card: 12:00am CET
- Main card : 4:00am CET
- Main event (approx): 6:15am CET
UFC 261: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal 2 takes place on Saturday in the United States, but for fight fans in central Europe the prelims will commence from the stroke of midnight. The top five fights comprise the main card, which begins at 4am CET, while Usman and Masvidal's cagewalks are estimated for around 6:15 on the Sunday morning.
However, as always with live fight cards, the main event start time depends largely on how long the rest of the event runs.
How to stream UFC 261
In Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain, the UFC 260 main card (4 a.m. CET Sunday) is available on DAZN, the global sports streaming service .
DAZN is available on web browsers at DAZN.com and also has apps available for many TV and streaming devices, including:
- iPhone, iPad
- Android phones and tablets
- Amazon Fire Tablet
- Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
- Apple TV
- Android TV
- Google Chromecast
- LG, Sony and Samsung smart TVs
- Playstation 4 and Pro, Playstation 5
- Xbox One, One S and One X, Xbox Series X | S
Where is UFC 261?
The card will be held at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. This will be the first UFC event in the United States since UFC 248 in March 2020 that a full capacity will be inside a facility. Usman and Masvidal compete at the venue for the first time.
KAMARU USMAN RECORD AND BIO
- Nationality : Nigerian
- Born : May 11, 1987
- Height : 6-0
- Reach : 76 inches
- Total fights : 19
- Record : 18-1
Jorge Masvidal RECORD AND BIO
Born: Nov. 12, 1984
Total fights: 49
UFC 261 FIGHT CARD
- Kamaru Usman (c) vs. Jorge Masvidal 2 for Usman's Welterweight title
- Zhang Weili (c) vs. Rose Namajunas for Weili's Women's Strawweight title
- Valentina Shevchenko (c) vs. Jéssica Andrade for Shevchenko's Women's Flyweight title
- Uriah Hall vs. Chris Weidman 2; Middleweight
- Anthony Smith vs. Jimmy Crute; Light Heavyweight
- Alex Oliveira vs. Randy Brown; Welterweight
- Dwight Grant vs. Stefan Sekulić; 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