UFC 261, headlined by the main event featuring Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal in a UFC welterweight championship bout, takes place on Saturday, April 24, 2021 (4/24/21) at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
The main card begins at 10 p.m. ET, while the preliminary fights begin at 8 p.m. ET and the early prelims starting at 6 p.m. ET.
The main card will be broadcast on pay-per-view which can be ordered exclusively through ESPN+, which can be subscribed to here. Fans can order the pay-per-view here.
The prelims and early prelims will be broadcast on ESPN. Fans can watch both the early prelims and the prelims for free via a trial of fuboTV. Check that out here.
ESPN is the exclusive home of UFC in the United States. Along with pay-per-view events exclusively available on ESPN+, the station’s main channel will host events on a regular basis. A majority of the promotions events are broadcast on ESPN+.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: UFC 261
Main Event: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal
When: Saturday, April 24, 2021
Where: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
Main Card Time: 10 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN (prelims/early prelims)
Live stream for Main Event: ESPN+ PPV
Live stream for prelims/early prelims: fuboTV (free trial)
Below is the entire fight card for UFC 261:
Main Card (10 p.m. ET, ESPN+ PPV)
Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal, welterweight
Weili Zhang vs. Rose Namajunas, strawweight
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Andrade, flyweight
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
Pat Sabatini vs. Tristan Connelly, featherweight
Early Prelims (6 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Danaa Batgerel vs. Kevin Natividad, bantamweight
Rodrigo Vargas vs. Zhu Rong, lightweight
Qileng Aori vs. Jeff Molina, flyweight
Liang Na vs. Ariane Carnelossi, strawweight
Jamey Simmons vs. Johnny Munoz, bantamweight
Three world titles will be on the line as the UFC holds their first full-capacity event since the COVID-19 pandemic
UFC 261 is here. The promotion’s return to action in front of a live audience after a year of closed-door shows sees a championship tripleheader from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Welterweight champ Kamaru Usman takes on Jorge Masvidal in a rematch nearly a year after their first meeting. Plus, Weili Zhang and Valentina Shevchenko look to defend their strawweight and flyweight titles in huge bouts in the co-main and featured slots.
Usman is on one of the most dominant runs in recent memory for the welterweight division. He’s beaten everyone put in front of him by UFC brass, and his current run of wins over Tyron Woodley, Colby Covington, Masvidal and Gilbert Burns stands out as especially impressive. A second win over “Gamebred” on Saturday could be the icing on the cake for a fighter who seems destined to go down as one of the pound-for-pound best the sport has seen.
Masvidal, meanwhile, is trying to rebound after seeing his star skyrocket to new heights in 2019. He earned Fighter of the Year honors after a trio of destructions that included knockouts of Darren Till, Ben Askren and Nate Diaz. He stepped up on short notice to face Usman last year and hopes his second chance won’t be for naught at 36 years old.
It’s shaping up to be a busy week. CBS Sports will be with you throughout the duration to give you the latest insights, news and analysis along with picks and predictions. Stay tuned to this page for the latest coverage from Jacksonville, Florida.
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