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UFC 261: What time does Usman vs Masvidal II start in the UK tonight?

Alex Pattle
·2-min read
Kamaru Usman (left) again defends his welterweight title against Jorge Masvidal (Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Kamaru Usman (left) again defends his welterweight title against Jorge Masvidal (Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

In the main event of UFC 261 tonight, Jorge Masvidal will again challenge Kamaru Usman for the promotion’s welterweight title, nine months after the rivals’ clash on ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi.

Masvidal (35-14) stepped in on six days’ notice last July to take on Usman (18-1), following the withdrawal of Gilbert Burns due to a positive coronavirus test result for the original challenger.

An intense weight cut for Masvidal gave way to a comprehensive points defeat, with the Florida native having said ever since that night in Abu Dhabi that a full camp would be enough to reverse the result.

‘Gamebred’ will get the chance to prove it in his home state tonight, with 15,000 fans set to enter a full-capacity arena in Masvidal’s home state as the 36-year-old gets what will likely be his last crack at UFC gold.

Elsewhere on the card in Jacksonville, there are two women’s title fights, with Weili Zhang defending her strawweight belt against former divisional champion Rose Namajunas, and Valentina Shevchenko putting her flyweight strap on the line against Jessica Andrade – another former strawweight titleholder.

Here’s everything you need to know about UFC 261:

When is it?

The UFC 261 early prelims will begin at 11pm BST on Saturday night. The prelims will follow at 1am on Sunday morning, before the main card takes place at 3am.

How can I watch it?

The early prelims will stream live exclusively on UFC’s Fight Pass, with the prelims and main card airing live on BT Sport 1 in the UK and ESPN+ in the US.

What are the odds?

Kamaru Usman (2/9) vs Jorge Masvidal (7/2)

Weili Zhang (1/2) vs Rose Namajunas (17/10)

Valentina Shevchenko (2/9) vs Jessica Andrade (7/2)

Chris Weidman (4/5) vs Uriah Hall (1/1)

Anthony Smith (17/10) vs Jimmy Crute (1/2)

Full card

Main card

Kamaru Usman (C) vs Jorge Masvidal (welterweight)

Weili Zhang (C) vs Rose Namajunas (women’s strawweight)

Valentina Shevchenko (C) vs Jessica Andrade (women’s flyweight)

Chris Weidman vs Uriah Hall (middleweight)

Anthony Smith vs Jimmy Crute (light heavyweight)

Prelims

Alex Oliveira vs Randy Brown (welterweight)

Dwight Grant vs Stefan Sekulic (welterweight)

Karl Roberson vs Brendan Allen (middleweight)

Patrick Sabatini vs Tristan Connelly (featherweight)

Early prelims

Danaa Batgerel vs Kevin Natividad (bantamweight)

Kazula Vargas vs Rongzhu (lightweight)

Aoriqileng vs Jeffrey Molina (flyweight)

Liang Na vs Ariane Carnelossi (women’s strawweight)

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