The UFC continues to raise the bar for world-class mixed martial arts action with the UFC 261 event on April 24 the latest history-making card to hit the Octagon.
In the main event of this championship tripleheader, a score will be settled when heated rivals Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal meet again with Usman's UFC welterweight title on the line.
Plus, two more title fights are on tap, as China's Zhang Weili defends her strawweight crown against former champion Rose Namajunas, and Brazilian powerhouse Jessica Andrade looks to strike gold at 125 pounds when she challenges dominant flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko.
Therefore we made a video and blog nwith the top five things you need to know about UFC 261
#1 The return of fans to live UFC events is huge
The last time fans were in attendance for a UFC event was at UFC 248 on March 7th, 2020. And while that event took place just over a year ago, in reality, it feels like a lifetime.
The COVID-19 pandemic has essentially wreaked havoc across the world in all sports. While the UFC was one of the few sporting organizations to be able to continue running pretty quickly, things just haven’t been the same without fans in attendance.
#2 The Usman vs. Masvidal fight should draw big on pay-per-view
Firstly, Usman and Masvidal have never stopped sniping at one another on social media. Masvidal claims he would’ve beaten Usman had he not taken the fight at UFC 251 on short notice. Usman naturally believes he would’ve finished Gamebred had he had more notice for fighting him.
And secondly, UFC 251 was probably the biggest pay-per-view of 2020. It drew an incredible 1.3m pay-per-view buys. And while Usman’s latest pay-per-view – UFC 258 – drew less than half of that number, alongside a star like Masvidal that should change, making UFC 261 another potentially huge seller.
#3 UFC 261 has three title fights booked
Major UFC fights like Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal often feature at the top of a less-than-stacked show. Thankfully, that isn’t the case when it comes to UFC 261.
The UFC Welterweight title clash between Usman and Masvidal is the main event. But underneath it, Valentina Shevchenko defends her UFC Flyweight title against Jessica Andrade, and Weili Zhang puts her UFC Strawweight title on the line against Rose Namajunas.
#4 Colby Covington plans on serving as UFC 261 main event backup
Colby Covington has declared himself the official backup for the upcoming welterweight title fight rematch between champion Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261
We’re in Miami, Fla., right now. That’s a three-and-a-half hour, four-hour ride. I’ll take a bus over to Jacksonville, and I’ll be showing up for the fight. I’ll be there. So if anybody pulls out, I’ll be stepping in and we’ll evaluate from there. I just want to put on good fights and capitalize on the prime of my career, which is what I’m in.
#5 Jorge Masvidal will come prepared
Coming off three straight stoppage wins, white-hot Jorge Masvidal ran into a wall when he stepped in as a late replacement to fight Kamaru Usman last July. Subsequently, Masvidal's aspirations to ascend as the division's top guy were completely shot down.
This time, however, Jorge Masvidal has the benefit of having undergone a full training camp, something that wasn't available to him the first time he fought Kamaru Usman. Masvidal and his coaches will also have ample time to craft a gameplan for the defending champion
So that is it, top five things you need to know for UFC 2621. Will street jesus be the new Welterweight king or will Kamaru dominate again? Will Rose vs Zhang be another GOAT women’s fight? and can Jessica stop the rise of Valentina?
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