UFC 261 Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal 2 updates and results

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UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman will defend his title Saturday in opposition to Jorge Masvidal in the principle occasion of UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida. It is going to be the primary UFC card in entrance of a capability crowd since earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic shut down spectator sports activities in March 2020.

ESPN has Usman ranked No. 2 on the earth on its finest pound-for-pound MMA fighters record. At welterweight, ESPN has Usman at No. 1 and Masvidal at No. 7.

At UFC 251 final 12 months, Usman (18-1) beat Masvidal through unanimous determination in a reasonably one-sided bout. However Masvidal got here into that battle on simply six days’ discover after Usman’s initially scheduled opponent, Gilbert Burns, examined constructive for the coronavirus. Usman, 33, is in search of his fourth straight title protection and his 14th straight UFC victory.

The UFC will host a full crowd at UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida, the place three title fights — headlined by welterweight champ Kamaru Usman defending in opposition to Jorge Masvidal — will play out in entrance of 15,000 followers. Ladies’s strawweight champ Zhang Weili and flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko additionally defend their belts.

UFC 261: Usman vs. Masvidal
• Saturday, April 24, VyStar Veterans Memorial Area, Jacksonville, Florida
• Primary card: 10 p.m. ET, PPV
• Prelims: 8 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+
• Early prelims: 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2/ESPN+

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If Usman, a Nigeria native who trains out of Colorado, have been to win Saturday he alone would have the second-longest successful streak in UFC historical past. At the moment, Usman is tied with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Jon Jones with 13 straight victories. Solely Anderson Silva has extra consecutive wins in UFC historical past (16).

Masvidal (35-14) is without doubt one of the greatest stars on the UFC roster. The Miami native was on a three-fight successful streak earlier than falling to Usman final 12 months. In 2019, Masvidal knocked out Darren Until, Ben Askren and Nate Diaz in a span of eight months to change into one of many hottest MMA athletes on the earth. The latter was for the legendary BMF title at Madison Sq. Backyard. Masvidal, 36, has been a professional fighter for nearly 18 years however has only in the near past change into one of the in style MMA athletes on the earth.

Within the co-main occasion, Zhang Weili defends her UFC ladies’s strawweight title in opposition to former champion Rose Namajunas. Zhang (21-1) has not misplaced since her professional debut eight years in the past, whereas Namajunas (9-4) has received 4 of 5. ESPN has Zhang ranked No. 4 on its ladies’s MMA pound-for-pound record. Namajunas is true behind her at No. 5.

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