Kamaru Usman will look to erase all doubt in his rematch against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 on Saturday.
Usman (18-1, 8 KOs) dominated Masvidal (35-14, 16 KOs) at UFC 251 in July 2020 to retain his UFC welterweight belt, claiming 14 of 15 cumulative rounds scored by judges to win by unanimous decision. But the way Masvidal said he prepared for the fight — agreeing to the bout on six days’ notice and reportedly shedding 20 pounds to make weight — has left plenty of arguing points heading into Saturday’s rematch.
So, Usman will take on Masvidal’s excuses as much as the fighter himself.
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Usman has won 17 straight fights, including 13 in the UFC and three as its defending welterweight champion. Masvidal will enter the ring for the first time since losing to Usman last year, though with plenty more time to prepare ahead of time.
Will that make all the difference the second time around? Or will Usman once again prove to be the top fighter in the welterweight division? Here’s what you need to know about the fighters’ rematch:
UFC 261 price: How much does Usman vs. Masvidal cost?
The main card for UFC 261 is available in the U.S. on the ESPN+ subscription service for $69.99 or $89.99. That portion of the event begins at about 10 p.m.
Earlier fights on the undercard are viewable live on ESPN, the WatchESPN app and UFC Fight Pass.
- Current yearly subscribers can get UFC for $69.99.
- Current monthly subscribers can get UFC 261 and an upgraded bundle at a discounted rate of $84.99. They can also purchase the event itself for $69.99.
- New subscribers can get UFC 261 and a yearly subscription for $89.98, which is a savings of over 30 percent.
Click here to learn about the different pricing and bundling options with the ESPN+ platform.
What channel is UFC 261 on?
Viewers will be able to watch UFC 261 only on ESPN+ PPV with an ESPN+ subscription.
Viewing options will be split into three parts for UFC 261:
- Early prelims: ESPN2/ESPN+
- Prelims: ESPN/ESPN+
- Main card: ESPN+ (pay-per-view)
What time does Usman vs. Masvidal start?
- Early prelims: 6 p.m. ET
- Prelims : 8 p.m. ET
- Main card: 10 p.m. ET
Usman vs. Masvidal is UFC 261 headliner, so it’s unlikely they’ll make their ring walks until midnight. Below are the projected start times for each of the cards at UFC 261: early prelims, prelims and the main card.
UFC 261 fight card
- Danaa Batgeral vs. Kevin Natividad, bantamweights
- Kazula Vargas vs. Rongzhu, lightweights
- Aoriqileng vs. Jeffrey Molina, flyweights
- Liang Na vs. Ariane Carnelossi, women’s strawweights
- Alex Oliveira vs. Randy Brown, welterweights
- Dwight Grant vs. Stefan Sekulic, welterweights
- Karl Roberson vs. Brendan Allen, middleweights
- Patrick Sabatini vs. Tristan Connelly, featherweights
- Kamaru Usman (c) vs. Jorge Masvidal, UFC welterweight championship fight
- Zhang Weili (c) vs. Rose namajunas, UFC women’s strawweight championship fight
- Valentina Shevchenko (c) vs. Jessica Andrade, UFC women’s flyweight championship fight
- Uriah Hall vs. Chris Weidman, middleweights
- Anthony Smith vs. Jim Crute, light heavyweights