The Ultimate Fighting Championship will hold its first fight card with a full sold-out crowd for the first time in more than a year.
UFC 261 is set to take place on Saturday, April 24 from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
Three titles will be on the line tomorrow with the card headlined by a rematch between current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and the challenger, Jorge Masvidal. The two men met in July last year at UFC 251 with Masvidal taking a unanimous decision loss on just a few days notice.
In the co-main event, UFC women’s strawweight champion Zhang Weili defends against former champion Rose Namajunas.
Also, flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will put her title on the line against former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade.
The night’s pay-per-view portion of the card also features a rematch between Uriah Hall and former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman. The two men met at Ring of Combat 31, 11 years ago with Weidman coming out on top.
Opening up the paid portion of the card will be former light heavyweight title contender Anthony Smith taking on rising star, Jimmy Crute.
The UFC 261 official weigh-ins will be at 9 a.m. ET. The ceremonial weigh-ins for this event will take place at 4 p.m. ET.
UFC 261 results below:
Main card (ESPN+ PPV at 10 p.m. ET)
Kamaru Usman defeated Jorge Masvidal via knockout – Round 2, 1:02 – for UFC welterweight title
Rose Namajunas defeated Zhang Weili via KO – Round 1, 1:18 – for UFC women’s strawweight title
Valentina Shevchenko defeated Jessica Andrade via TKO – Round 2, 3:19 – for UFC women’s flyweight title
Uriah Hall defeated Chris Weidman via TKO (leg injury) – Round 1, 0:17
Anthony Smith defeated Jimmy Crute via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Round 1, 5:00
Preliminary Card (ESPN/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET)
Alex Oliveira vs. Randy Brown
Dwight Grant defeated Stefan Sekulic via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Brendan Allen defeated Karl Roberson via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 4:55
Pat Sabatini defeated Tristan Connelly via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Early Preliminary Card (ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET)
Danaa Batgerel defeated Kevin Natividad via TKO – Round 1, 0:50
Kazula Vargas defeated Zhu Rong via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
Jeffrey Molina defeated Qileng Aori via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Ariane Carnelossi defeated Na Liang via TKO – Round 2, 1:28
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