UFC 261: Usman vs. Masvidal 2 Main Card Betting Odds, Preview, and Prediction

UFC 261 Usman vs Masvidal 2

Over a month after the massive success of UFC 259, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is back with another blockbuster triple-title-bout for UFC 261. This time around, the promotion will take the action out of the desert and into the sunny shores of Florida, with defending UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman headlining the event in a rematch against Jorge Masvidal.

Read on for our odds, preview, and predictions for the main card of UFC 261: Usman vs. Masvidal 2 below. And for all the latest news and updates in and out of the Octagon, head on over to Nitrogen Sports Blog after this.

UFC 261 Betting Odds and Preview

Where: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL
When: Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
Where to watch: ESPN+

Main Event: Welterweight Championship Bout

Kamaru Usman (-455) vs. Jorge Masvidal (+323)

Can reigning UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman (UFC 261 odds: -455) make it four-straight successful title defenses in a row? “The Nigerian Nightmare” has not lost a professional fight since 2013; a streak of 17 consecutive wins, including a perfect 13-0 record in the UFC.

Up next for Usman is a familiar foe in Jorge Masvidal (UFC 260 odds: +323), who’s was last seen in the Octagon as the defeated challenger to Usman’s throne in UFC 251 last July. Prior to that lost opportunity, Masvidal was on quite a tear with three wins via knockout over Nate Diaz, Darren Till, and Ben Askren, who was taken out with a flying knee just five seconds into their fight in 2019. 

Masvidal, a Florida native, will have a virtual home-field advantage for Saturday’s showdown. But does he possess enough endurance to stay toe-to-toe with Usman? The champ has five unanimous decision victories over his last seven fights, counting his second successful title defense against Masvidal as mentioned earlier.

Co-Main Event: Women’s Strawweight Championship Bout

Zhang Weili (-213) vs. Rose Namajunas (+163)

Ever since losing her first professional fight, China’s pugilist pride Zhang Weili (UFC 261 odds: -213) has arguably been the second-best female MMA fighter behind Amanda Nunes since making her UFC debut. The 31-year-old dubbed “Magnum” has gone undefeated in 21-straight matches since and winning the UFC Women’s Strawweight title in just her third fight for the promotion by dethroning Jessica Andrade.

Meanwhile, Rose Namajunas (UFC 261 odds: +163) wants nothing more than to reclaim the Strawweight belt that she dropped to Andrade in UFC 237. “Thug Rose” got her revenge on Andrade in a split decision that won the two competitors Fight of the Night honors in UFC 251. That victory sets up Namajunas’ title bout against Zhang.

Women’s Flyweight Championship Bout

Valentina Shevchenko (-500) vs. Jessica Andrade (+333)

Former UFC Women’s Strawweight champion Jessica Andrade (UFC 261 odds: +333), who’s been discussed at length already, emerged victorious in her Flyweight debut last October against Katlyn Chookagian. The 29-year-old Brazilian is now thrust into the spotlight immediately as the next contender to the current Flyweight champ, Valentina Shevchenko.

Like Andrade, Shevchenko (UFC 261 odds: -500) has seen greener pastures after shifting weight classes, winning the vacant Flyweight title in 2018, and successfully defending the belt four times since. Given Bullet’s dominance over the circuit, perhaps it does stand to reason that Andrade is the only legitimate competition that Shevchenko has left.

 

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Middleweight Bout

Chris Weidman (-135) vs. Uriah Hall (+105)

There’s no denying that Chris Weidman is in the twilight of his MMA career, with the former UFC middleweight champion having five defeats over his last seven fights. Then again, Weidman did come out on top of a unanimous decision victory over Omari Akhmedov last August.

Then again, fellow 36-year-old fighter Uriah Hall has found a second wind in the Octagon himself. The Jamaican kickboxer is on a three-fight win streak, most recently taking out UFC legend Anderson Silva via TKO in the fourth round of last October’s UFC Fight Night main event.

Light Heavyweight Bout

Anthony Smith (+160) vs. Jimmy Crute (-208)

Corpus Christi native Anthony Smith got back on the win column with his quick first-round victory by submission over Devin Clark in November. The submission specialist just completed his 50th professional fight and has a rather disappointing record of 2-3 over his last five bouts, really showing the wear and tear he’s had to endure at this point in his career.

Meanwhile, 25-year-old Jimmy “The Brute” Crute bounced back tremendously after suffering his first professional MMA loss to Misha Cirkunov in 2019. Crute is fresh off back-to-back victories in the first round over Michael Oleksiejczuk (kimura) and Modestas Bukauskas (punches).

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