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UFC 261

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) delivers its most stacked pay-per-view (PPV) event of 2021 to date -- headlined by a trio of world championship bouts -- in front of a capacity crowd for the first time since the pandemic struck. UFC 261's PPV main event, which will take place inside VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., on April 24, 2021, will feature a thrilling Welterweight championship rematch between Kamaru Usman against No. 4-ranked contender Jorge Masvidal. Women’s Flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko, goes for her fifth consecutive title defense at the expense of No. 1-seeded challenger Jessica Andrade. And, last and certainly not least, in a highly-anticipated women’s Strawweight championship bout, Weili Zhang will lock horns with former division queenpin, Rose Namajunas, to round out UFC 261's championship tripleheader. We'll stockpile all the real-time UFC 261 updates, odds, start time, tickets, weigh ins, predictions, previews, video highlights, press conferences, winners, losers and much more from the "Sunshine State" right here before, during and well after the ESPN+-streamed live show concludes.

Cleanest KO In UFC History?

Reigning welterweight champion and UFC 278 headliner Kamaru Usman recently signed an NFT sponsorship deal with UFC Strike and selected the Jorge Masvidal knockout for his gaudy gold chain.

Usman Vs Masvidal 3?

Jorge Masvidal wants to score a third fight against UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and avenge his knockout loss to "The Nigerian Nightmare."

Masvidal: Usman ‘Not A Legit Striker’

Jorge Masvidal has unflattering words for the striking of UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, despite losing two fights to the "Nigerian Nightmare."

The Best UFC/MMA Events Of 2021 Are ...

Check out the best events of the 2021 mixed martial arts (MMA) season, all of which belong to UFC.

Weidman Will Gladly ‘Kick Someone’s Leg Again’

Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman plans to kick with his surgically-repaired leg once the "All American" is healed and ready to compete.

‘Respect Her As A God’

Former UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili has mentally recovered from her loss and believes Rose Namajunas deserves respect.

Weidman’s Leg ‘Hasn’t Healed Correctly’

Chris Weidman’s broken leg is not healing correctly, forcing the UFC middleweight to go back under the knife for another surgery, delaying his potential return to MMA.

Weidman Still At Risk Of Losing His Leg

Despite his remarkable progress, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is still at risk of losing his leg after breaking it against Uriah Hall.

Weidman Update: ‘I Was Actually In The Gym Today’

Former UFC champion Chris Weidman provides an update on his incredible recovery from a leg injury suffered at UFC 261.

Video! Weidman Finally Walking On His Own

Check out the latest update in Chris Weidman’s ongoing recovery from a nasty leg injury suffered at UFC 261 this past April.

Rockhold Mocks Weidman For ‘Feminine Shins’

Luke Rockhold believes former middleweight champion Chris Weidman broke his leg at UFC 261 because his shins are too feminine.

Usman: Oliveira Not On Khabib’s Level

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman was impressed by Charles Oliveira’s win over Michael Chandler but insists "Do Bronx" is not as good as Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Yan Scolds Namajunas For Playing Politics

UFC strawweight contender Yan Xiaonan believes reigning 115-pound champion Rose Namajunas should not have brought politics into her battle against Zhang Weili.

Weidman Walks!

Former UFC champion Chris Weidman is able to walk on the anti-gravity machine at his rehab facility and continues to make improvements after breaking his leg at UFC 261.

Florida Boo-Birds Blew Zhang’s Focus At UFC 261

In a wide ranging interview, Zhang and her coach discuss all the difficulties they faced leading into their failed title defense at UFC 261.

Weidman Nearly Jumped Out Of Ambulance At UFC 261

Chris Weidman nearly jumped out of the ambulance at UFC 261 because the paramedics were trying to leave the arena without his wife Marie.


Video: Joe Rogan and his announce team react to Chris Weidman’s grisly leg break at the UFC 261 PPV on April 24 in Jacksonville, Florida.

U Mad?

Rose Namajunas expects Joanna Jedrzejczyk to be angry after the UFC 261 pay-per-view (PPV) event because "Thug" was the first two-division champion in history.

Fight Motion! Watch UFC 261 Ghost Cam!

UFC 261 "Fight Motion" video for the Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal 2 pay-per-view (PPV) event on April 24 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Watch Adesanya React To Weidman Leg Break

Video: Israel Adesanya reacts to Chris Weidman leg break against Uriah Hall at UFC 261, which sent the former middleweight champion into surgery.

Quarantined ‘Brute’ Still Waiting For Knee Scan

UFC 261: Jimmy Crute injury has yet to be fully diagnosed as "The Brute" is currently stuck in quarantine in Sydney, Australia, until further notice.

UFC 261 Sells Over 700k PPVs In US

UFC 261 did big numbers. Not Conor McGregor big, but pretty big.

Masvidal Drops To No. 5 In Latest Rankings Update

Jorge Masvidal dropped to No. 5 in the official UFC rankings after his knockout loss to Kamaru Usman on April 24 in Jacksonville.

Weidman Posts Grisly X-Ray Of Shattered Leg

Pic: Chris Weidman X-ray of broken leg reveals just how severe his injury was after hurting himself by kicking Uriah Hall at UFC 261 on April 24 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Midnight Mania! Gamebred Praises Usman: Perfect Timing And Beautiful Technique

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Khamzat Down For Nick Diaz Fight: ‘We’ll See Who Is Real Gangster’

As rumors of a Chimaev vs. Diaz fight heat up, the up-and-coming UFC fighter is ready for a Chechnya vs. Stockton showdown.

‘Rocky’ Called It

Leon Edwards tried to warn everyone that Jorge Masvidal was crap ahead of the UFC 261 PPV event and expects the Kamaru Usman knockout to settle the debate for good.

Chaos: Kamaru ‘Juiceman’ Is ‘CEO Of EPO’

Colby Covington claims welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, who stopped Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 last weekend in Jacksonville, is the "CEO of EPO."

What’s Next For ‘Gamebred?’

UFC 261 results: It’s time to see what could be next for Jorge Masvidal after suffering a second straight loss to Kamaru Usman last weekend in Jacksonville.

‘This Absolutely Sucks’

Chris Weidman broken leg surgery update after "All American" was hospitalized at the UFC 261 PPV event on April 24 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Rose Credits Joanna With Finding Holes In Zhang’s Game

That head kick that knocked out Zhang Weili at UFC 261 wasn’t a fluke, but a weapon Namajunas honed after seeing Zhang fight Jedrzejczyk.

Is It Time For Shevchenko vs. Nunes 3?

UFC 261 Results: It’s time to see what could be next for all of the main card winners from last night’s (April 24) "Usman vs Masvidal 2" event in Jacksonville.

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