Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will return to live, full arenas in the biggest way possible, courtesy of the UFC 261: “Usman vs. Masvidal 2” pay-per-view (PPV) event on Sat., April 24, 2021 inside VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
As the title suggests, UFC 261 will be headlined by the 170-rematch between reigning welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and longtime contender Jorge Masvidal, who somehow convinced the promotion that a full camp will change the outcome of their first go-round.
Usman opened as the -350 favorite.
In the UFC 261 co-main event, also scheduled for five rounds of action, women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko makes her return to the Octagon for a Jessica Andrade title defense, shortly after women’s strawweight queenpin Zhang Weili goes head-to-head with ex-champ Rose Namajunas.
Shevchenko and Weili are both favored to retain.