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UFC 261 live stream: time, card and how to watch Usman vs Masvidal 2 online this weekend Nigerian Nightmare takes on Gamebred once more A full capacity crowd at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida will get to watch a jam-packed UFC 261 card, headlined by a unmissable Welterweight title rematch. Read on to discover how to find a UFC live stream and watch Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal 2 online, plus the start time and much more – with ESPN+ having exclusive coverage in the US.
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The two fighters first encounter came back in September last year at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi. That fight saw reigning champ Usman outclass Masvidal to clinch an unanimous points victory in what was the Nigerian Nightmare’s second defence of his belt.
That fight saw Masvidal step in at short notice to replace Gilbert Burns, just six days before the bout, requiring “Gamebred’ to undergo a gruelling weight cut.
This time out both men have had full camps and – a potentially added element in Masvidal’s favour this time – a return of a full capacity 15,000-strong UFC house.
The second showdown headlines a stacked UFC 261 bill which also includes two female title fights, with flyweight belt holder Valentina Shevchenko meeting former strawweight champ Jessica Andrade, and current 115-pound titleholder Weili Zhang taking on former champ Rose Namajunas.
Follow our guide below as we explain how to get a Usman vs Masvidal live stream and watch UFC 261 online – plus key details like the Usman vs Masvidal time, and the cheapest way to get a UFC live stream today.
UFC 261 live stream: How to watch Usman vs. Masvidal 2 online, fight card The UFC 261 live stream is stacked with a big rematch at the top The UFC 261 live stream is upon us, and it’s headlined by a big-time rematch for the welterweight title. Kamaru Usman (the champ) enters as the favorite (-420), and his 18-1 record makes it hard to doubt him. But can Jorge Masvidal end his 17-fight win streak?
You’re gonna need ESPN Plus to watch UFC 261 live streams, because you’re not gonna go without the main card, which starts at 10 p.m. ET, are you? And the main prelim fights are on both ESPN and ESPN Plus, so those who haven’t subscribed to the latter yet can get a taste of it all for themselves, before forking the cash over.
The former is available on most cable packages, as well as two of the best streaming services: including Sling TV and FuboTV.
UFC 261 Early Prelim fights start at 7:30 p.m. ET on UFC FightPass, which is $9.99 per month. Then, the higher-up set of prelim fights that start at 8 p.m. ET, on ESPN2 and ESPN+.
You’re gonna need ESPN+ for UFC 261. While UFC 261 live streams cost $64.99 (on top of ESPN Plus), new subscribers and those on current monthly plans can get UFC 261 at a discounted rate — with over 30% savings — via the $84.98 annual plan +
The last time they met was last summer, where Masvidal was a late-addition (less than a week out) after Gilbert Burns was removed after testing positive for Covid-19. Usman handled Masvidal via serious grappling that disassembled his foe’s offense. That loss broke a three-year winning streak for Masvidal, so he’s ready to get his revenge — and fans are eager for a match that isn’t settled by judge’s decision.
The semi-main event is also a must-see as Weili Zhang defends the women’s strawweight championship against Rose Namajunas. Again, champ is a favorite to win, but Namajunas is a former champ and no idle threat.
That said, Zhang is on a 21-match winning streak, which is funny to note when she has a 21-1 record. That’s right, after her first match was a loss, she hasn’t taken an L since.
UFC 261 live stream: how to watch Usman vs Masvidal in the US
See UFC 261 exclusively on ESPN+ PPV
The exclusive rights for US coverage is with ESPN Plus UFC, meaning it is the one place to watch it. Early prelim coverage starts at 6.30pm ET / 3.30pm PT, followed by the main card at 10pm ET / 7pm PT, with Usman vs Masvidal expected to enter the Octagon some time from 12am ET / 9pm PT – depending on the pace of the other fights.
There are three options on cost, which depend on whether or not you already subscribe to the service.
1. Existing ESPN Plus subscribers
If you already enjoy the fruits of ESPN Plus, then it’s very straight forward. It’s a classic pay-per-view scenario, and you’ll need to spend $69.99 to watch UFC 261.
2. UFC 261 + ESPN Plus
If you don’t yet subscribe to ESPN Plus, then you can take advantage of this great value offer. You’ll need to go for the UFC Bundle, costing you $89.98. That gets you both the UFC 261 PPV and a year-long subscription to ESPN+ that would normally cost $60 alone!
3. UFC 261 + Disney Plus/ESPN Plus/ Hulu bundle
Your final option is to buy access to UFC 261 for $83.98 and, with it, get one month of access to the Disney Plus Bundle. So that’s a jam-packed 30 days of everything on Disney Plus – think all of Marvel, Pixar, The Simpsons, Star Wars and stacks more – the full catalog of live sports and documentaries on ESPN+, AND the hundreds of box sets and films on Hulu.
How to live stream UFC 261 without PPV in Europe
As we say, you’re kind of stuck if you’re in the US. It’s PPV or bust.
Not so in Europe – probably because it’s on during the middle of the night! Instead, it’s sports streaming specialist DAZN that has the rights.
So if you’re a UFC fan in any of Austria, Italy, Germany or Spain, then get yourself over to the DAZN website.
Even better news…you can actually watch absolutely FREE in certain regions (we can confirm that is the case in Germany, for example). That’s thanks to a 30-day free trial, that you can take advantage of if you’ve never had a subscription before.
How to watch Usman vs Masvidal: live stream UFC 261 in the UK tonight
BT Sport has exclusive broadcast rights to UFC events right now, and the great news is that this weekend’s UFC 261 action won’t be a PPV event in the UK!
You’ll need to tune into BT Sport 1 for all the action from Vegas, with coverage beginning on the channel with their build-up preview show at 12.30am on Saturday night followed by coverage of the prelims prelims 1am midnight ahead of the main show at 3am in the early hours of Sunday morning. Usman vs Masvidal are expected to enter the Octagon after 5am.
The broadcaster’s coverage of UFC is also available via the BT Sport app and on its website, so you can live stream UFC on most devices these days – and don’t forget that you can now get BT Sport without a massive commitment thanks to a BT Sport Monthly Pass.
You can also access your BT Sport subscription or monthly pass from overseas if you’re away from home. To do that you’ll need a VPN to relocate your IP back to the UK as per our guide above.