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UFC 261 takes place Saturday with three title fights atop the bill, and MMA Junkie Radio’s “Gorgeous” George and “Goze” will host a live streaming watch-along via SportsCastr that kicks off at 9 p.m. ET.In the main event, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman will take on Jorge Masvidal in a rematch of a July 2020 title fight won by Usman. The strawweight and women’s flyweight titles also are on the line, with Zhang Weili facing Rose Namajunas, and Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Andrade.
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UFC 261 takes place Saturday at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. The main card streams on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.
UFC 261 kicks off this Saturday night from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, April 24th. There is a five-bout main card highlighted by a welterweight title fight in a rematch of defending champ Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal, but plenty of fights are worth watching throughout the night.
Prior to the main event, Zhang Weili will go for her 22nd consecutive win against Rose Namajunas for the women’s strawweight title. Also on the main card, Valentina Shevchenko defends her women’s flyweight belt against Jessica Andrade.
The early prelims will start at 5:45 p.m. ET with the prelims at 8:00 p.m. ET. The main card is expected to begin at 10 p.m. ET with the Usman-Masvidal fight to close it out.
The main card for UFC 261 will be live streamed on ESPN+ PPV, which will cost $69.99 for the full card. The link provides an option for simply buying the card or also buying the Disney Plus bundle that includes Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN+.
The early prelims for UFC 261 will be live streamed on UFC Fight Pass, and are free for those that pay monthly for the channel. The four-fight preliminary card for UFC 260 will air on ESPN and ESPN+, and is free to all subscribers. But everyone will need to pay for the last five fights on the main card, and that will be $69.99 added to your credit card by ESPN. You can click on the buy portion of the app to get the show in full.
UFC 261 does not run on free TV, instead the event can be seen on DAZN . The streaming service starts its transmission in the night from today (April 24th) to tomorrow (25th) at 4 a.m. German time. The event will be commented on by Mark Bergmann and the experts Andreas Kraniotakes and Sebastian Hackl.
With the Usman vs. Masvidal fight, German fans will have to wait until around 6 a.m. To see DAZN , you need a subscription that you can take out for 11.99 a month or 119.99 euros a year. The best: The first four weeks are free of charge as part of a trial month!
In addition to the UFC, DAZN also runs boxing, darts, soccer (Champions League, Bundesliga, LaLiga, Serie A etc.), US sports (NBA, NFL, MHB, NHL), handball, cycling, racing and much more. Click here for the trial month!
You can also follow the entire event on the UFC’s in -house streaming portal . Here, however, 17.89 euros are due for the main fight alone.The last time that Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal met in the Octagon was at UFC 251 back in July of last year at the UFC’s first event held at its Fight Island facility in Abu Dhabi. While Usman was originally scheduled to fight Gilbert Burns, he tested positive for Covid a week before the fight and was replaced by Masvidal at the last minute. Unfortunately for Masvidal, he lost to Usman by unanimous decision during the fifth round. Now the “Nigerian Nightmare” and “Gamebred” are set for a huge rematch and hopefully having extra time to prepare will give Masvidal an edge in this fight and a chance to take the welterweight title from Usman.
During the co-main event at UFC 261, the promotion’s first Chinese champion Zhang Weili will return for the first time since defeating Joanna Jedrzejczyk in March of last year to defend her strawweight title against former champion Rose Namajunas. The third title fight at UFC 261 will see former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade challenge Valentina Shevchenko. Shevchenko first became the UFC’s flyweight champion several years ago at UFC 231 when she defeated Andrade by unanimous decision during the fifth round.
Elsewhere on the card, Uriah Hall and Chris Weidman will meet in the Octagon for a middleweight bout while Anthony Smith will take on Jim Crute in a light heavyweight bout.
Whether you’re rooting for Usman or Masvidal or are just excited to finally watch a UFC PPV with fans in the arena again, we’ll show you how to watch UFC 261 from anywhere in the world so you don’t miss a single second of Usman vs Masvidal 2.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – At the conclusion on Friday’s UFC 261 ceremonial weigh-ins, the six athletes from the three championship fights came face to face for their final fight-week staredowns.
Saturday’s card, which takes place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena and streams on ESPN+ pay-per-view, will feature the eighth championship triple-header in company history. The welterweight, women’s strawweight and women’s flyweight belts will be on the line with Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal, Zhang Weili vs. Rose Namajunas and Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Andrade.
The opening bout of UFC 261’s title fight trio will see women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko (20-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) attempt to make her fifth consecutive defense when she takes on former strawweight queen Jessica Andrade (21-8 MMA, 12-6 UFC), who is fighting to become just the second female in company history – along with Amanda Nunes – to win belts in two weight classes.
A welterweight championship rematch between rivals Kamaru Usman (18-1 MMA, 13-0 UFC) and Jorge Masvidal (35-14 MMA, 12-7 UFC) gets top billing at UFC 261 as the pair are set to run it back after fighting on short notice at UFC 251 in July. Usman won the first bout by unanimous decision, but was not satisfied with his performance, so he asked the UFC to give him Masvidal again so he can put an exclamation point on the fight.
UFC fans with a cable subscription will be able to watch UFC 261’s Prelims on either ESPN or ESPN Deportes at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. However, in order to watch the Early Prelims at 3pm ET / 12pm PT, you’ll need to be either an ESPN+ or UFC Fight Pass subscriber. To watch the Main Card at 10pm ET / 7pm PT though, you’ll need to purchase the PPV and have an active ESPN+ subscription.
Not interested in signing up for cable just to watch UFC 261’s Prelims on ESPN? Don’t worry as there are now a number of streaming services, all at different price points, that will give you access to the network so you can watch the Prelims online. We’ve listed a few of our favorites below to make things easier for you.
Hulu with Live TV – $64.99 per month – As well as giving you access to ESPN, the service also includes its own Hulu Originals and supports a wide variety of streaming devices.
Sling TV – $35 per month – In order to get access to ESPN, you’ll have to sign up for Sling TV’s Sling Orange package. The service also lets you watch on three screens simultaneously and record 50 hours of live TV with its Cloud DVR.
YouTube TV – $65 per month – YouTube TV gives you access to ESPN as well as over 70 other TV channels and a free 14-day trial available.
AT&T TV Now – $55 per month – AT&T TV Now’s plus plan gives you access to ESPN as well as over 45 other live TV channels and you can also record up to 20 hours of content using its cloud DVR.
Live stream UFC 261 in Canada
Unlike in the U.S., Canadian viewers have plenty of options to watch Saturday’s UFC 261 PPV Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus , Eastlink and UFC Fight Pass will all show the Main Card at 10pm ET / 7pm PT for $64.99.
The Prelims will begin two hours earlier at 8pm ET / 5pm PT and you can watch them on either TSN or RDS. You can also watch the Early Prelims in Canada at 6pm ET / 12pm PT on UFC Fight Pass.
If you have a cable subscription, then ordering the PPV from your cable provider might be the easiest way to watch it. However, if you’ve already cut the cord, then UFC Fight Pass is a better choice as it will give you access to both the Early Prelims and the Main Card.
Just like with previous UFC events, UFC 261 will be available exclusively through BT Sport in the UK. If you’re already a BT Sport subscriber, you’ll be able to watch the Main Card for free beginning at 3am BST early Sunday morning on BT Sport 1. If that’s a bit late for you don’t worry as the network has a spoiler-free replay page so you can watch UFC 261’s Main Card at your convenience. You can also stream UFC 261 on your smartphone using the BT Sport app and on your computer via the network’s website. If you’re not interested in signing up for a lengthy contract with BT, you can always purchase a BT Sport Monthly Pass for just £25 in case there are other sports you want to watch as well.
The Early Prelims will begin at 11pm BST and you can watch them on UFC Fight Pass while the Prelims will be shown on both BT Sport 1 and UFC Fight Pass at 1am BST.
UFC welcomes back fans at full capacity when it returns to VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. on April 24 with a stacked card headlined by three championship bouts. The main event will see a thrilling welterweight championship rematch when Kamaru Usman defends against No. 4 ranked contender Jorge Masvidal. Women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko goes for her fifth consecutive title defense against No. 1 ranked contender Jessica Andrade. In a highly anticipated women’s strawweight championship bout, Zhang Weili faces former champion and No. 1 ranked contender Rose Namajunas.
UFC 261: USMAN vs. MASVIDAL 2 will take place Saturday, April 24 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. Early prelims will stream on ESPN+ in English and Spanish beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT along with UFC Fight Pass, with ESPN2 joining programming in progress at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. The prelims will continue on ESPN+ and simulcast on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and the ESPN+ Pay-Per-View main card will kick off at 10 p.m. ET/7p.m. PT.
No. 3 ranked men’s pound-for-pound fighter Usman (18-1, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla. by way of Auchi, Nigeria) kicked off his 2021 campaign with an impressive TKO win over former teammate Gilbert Burns in February. On top of besting Masvidal in their first encounter last July, Usman has also delivered sensational victories against Colby Covington, Tyron Woodley and Rafael Dos Anjos. Usman now has his sights set on securing his fourth title defense by proving his first win over Masvidal was no fluke.
Masvidal (35-14, fighting out of Miami, Fla.) looks to make good on his second 170-pound title opportunity by delivering another highlight-reel finish. Owner of the fastest KO in UFC history at six seconds over Ben Askren in 2019, he has also delivered spectacular stoppage wins against Nate Diaz, Donald Cerrone and Darren Till. Masvidal now aims to even the score with Usman and capture the UFC welterweight championship.
No. 2 women’s pound-for-pound fighter Shevchenko (20-3, fighting out of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) is gunning to continue her dominant title reign against one of her toughest tests to date. Undefeated since moving to flyweight in 2018, she holds memorable stoppage victories against Katlyn Chookagian, Jessica Eye and Priscila Cachoeira. Shevchenko now hopes to add another former UFC champion to her resume and prove she is undoubtably the top women’s flyweight in the world.
Former strawweight champion and No. 5 women’s pound-for-pound fighter Andrade (21-8, fighting out of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) immediately made an impact upon moving to the flyweight division by delivering a vicious TKO win over top contender Katlyn Chookagian in October. She has also earned exciting victories against Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Tecia Torres and Claudia Gadelha. Andrade now vies to become only the second female fighter in UFC history to win titles in two separate divisions.
This bout will mark No. 3 women’s pound-for-pound fighter Zhang’s (21-1, fighting out of Beijing, China) first appearance since her 2020 Fight of the Year win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk one year ago. Currently riding a 21-fight win streak, she has also secured notable victories against Tecia Torres, Jessica Aguilar and Danielle Taylor since joining the UFC roster in 2018. Zhang now looks to take out another high-profile former titleholder to continue her run at the top of the strawweight division.
No. 4 women’s pound-for-pound fighter Namajunas (10-4, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) is gunning to become the first ever two-time champion in UFC strawweight history. Originally featured as a cast member on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, Namajunas has delivered impressive wins over Joanna Jedrzejczyk (twice), Michelle Waterson and Paige VanZant. Namajunas now aims to become the first fighter to defeat Zhang in almost eight years to reclaim the 115-pound belt.