In July 2020, Kamaru Usman defended his UFC welterweight title with a unanimous decision win over Jorge Masvidal. Despite the lopsided win — only one judge scored a single round for Masvidal — Usman wanted a rematch with Masvidal. His reasoning was he did not want Masvidal to have an excuse for the loss. Masvidal accepted the first fight on short notice when he replaced Gilbert Burns, who tested positive for COVID-19 nine days before the fight card. Masvidal signed on with six days’ notice to replace Burns.
The two welterweights face off for the second time when they headline Saturday’s UFC 261 event.
Two other title fights are on the pay-per-view card.
Before the main card and the prelims take place, the UFC early prelims will feature four fights. The early prelims stream on ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass and ESPN2/
How To Watch or Live Stream UFC 261
UFC 261 takes place Saturday at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. The main card streams on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+ and early prelims on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass.
Pay-Per-View Card (ESPN+ PPV)
Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal
Zhang Weili vs. Rose Namajunas
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jéssica Andrade
Uriah Hall vs. Chris Weidman
Anthony Smith vs. Jimmy Crute
Preliminary Card (ESPN / ESPN+)
Alex Oliveira vs. Randy Brown
Dwight Grant vs. Stefan Sekulić
Karl Roberson vs. Brendan Allen
Patrick Sabatini vs. Tristan Connelly
Early Preliminary Card (ESPN2 / ESPN+)
Danaa Batgerel vs. Kevin Natividad
Kazula Vargas vs. Rong Zhu
Qileng Aori vs. Jeffrey Molina
Na Liang vs. Ariane Carnelossi