|UFC 261: Usman vs. Masvidal 2|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||April 24, 2021|
|Venue||VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena|
|City||Jacksonville, Florida, United States|
UFC 261: Usman vs. Masvidal 2 was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on April 24, 2021 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, United States.
The promotion had initially planned to hold the event in Singapore. However, negotiations with the Singaporean government fizzled amongst COVID-19 protocols and the promotion initially turned to their home base of Las Vegas. On March 15, UFC president Dana White announced the event would be moved to Jacksonville, Florida, with a full capacity of "15,000 UFC fans", marking the first time since UFC 248 in March 2020 that a full capacity crowd would be available (the UFC hosted a trio of events in Abu Dhabi in January with a limited number of fans). Jacksonville also hosted the UFC's first fights back after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020, before the organization started hosting events in either Las Vegas or Abu Dhabi.
A UFC Welterweight Championship rematch between the current champion Kamaru Usman (also The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians welterweight winner) and Jorge Masvidal headlined the event. They previously met at UFC 251, where Usman defended his title via unanimous decision.
A middleweight rematch between former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman and Uriah Hall was expected to take place at UFC 258 in February. They met previously in September 2010 at a Ring of Combat event for the organization's middleweight title, with Weidman winning via TKO. However, Weidman was pulled from that event in late-January due to a positive COVID-19 test. The pairing remained intact and eventually took place at this event.
Johnny Walker was expected to face Jimmy Crute in a light heavyweight bout. However, Walker pulled out due to an injury and was replaced by former UFC Light Heavyweight Championship challenger Anthony Smith.
Randy Brown and Alex Oliveira were expected to meet in a welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Gane, but Brown pulled out due to undisclosed reasons. They eventually fought each other at this event.
A bantamweight bout between Mark Striegl and Johnny Muñoz was expected to take place at the event. However, Striegl was removed from the bout on March 24 due to undisclosed reasons and replaced by Jamey Simmons. In turn, Simmons also pulled out on April 8 for undisclosed reasons. As a result, Munoz was removed from the card as well and will be rescheduled for a future event.
|Welterweight||Kamaru Usman (c)||def.||Jorge Masvidal||KO (punch)||2||1:02||[a]|
|Women’s Strawweight||Rose Namajunas||def.||Zhang Weili (c)||KO (head kick)||1||1:18||[b]|
|Women’s Flyweight||Valentina Shevchenko (c)||def.||Jéssica Andrade||TKO (elbows)||2||3:19||[c]|
|Middleweight||Uriah Hall||def.||Chris Weidman||TKO (leg injury)||1||0:17|
|Light Heavyweight||Anthony Smith||def.||Jimmy Crute||TKO (doctor stoppage)||1||5:00|
|Preliminary card (ESPN / ESPN+)|
|Welterweight||Randy Brown||def.||Alex Oliveira||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||2:50|
|Welterweight||Dwight Grant||def.||Stefan Sekulić||Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Brendan Allen||def.||Karl Roberson||Submission (ankle lock)||1||4:55|
|Featherweight||Patrick Sabatini||def.||Tristan Connelly||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Early preliminary card (ESPN2 / ESPN+)|
|Bantamweight||Danaa Batgerel||def.||Kevin Natividad||TKO (punches)||1||0:50|
|Lightweight||Rodrigo Vargas||def.||Rong Zhu||Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Flyweight||Jeff Molina||def.||Qileng Aori||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–27)||3||5:00|
|Women’s Strawweight||Ariane Carnelossi||def.||Na Liang||TKO (punches)||2||1:28|
The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.
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