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A rematch between UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and fourth-ranked welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal will headline the main event of UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida, on April 24.
UFC 261 will be held in front of a full crowd at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, with prelims starting at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+. The main card pay-per-view is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET, exclusively on ESPN+.
Usman defeated Masvidal by unanimous decision in July 2020 and successfully defended the belt against Gilbert Burns at UFC 258 in February. Masvidal has earned a reputation as one of UFC's most exciting fighters and holds the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history.
Two women's division champions will defend their titles on the UFC 261 main card as well. Women's strawweight champion Zhang Weili will fight former champion Rose Namajunas, and women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will face Jessica Andrade.
The UFC 261 main card costs $70 and requires an ESPN+ subscription for $6 a month or $60 a year. ESPN is also offering a discounted bundle with UFC 261 and one year of ESPN+ for $89.98.
Here's the fight card for UFC 261: Usman vs Masvidal
Early Prelims — 5:45 p.m. ET, 2:45 p.m. PT on UFC Fight Pass
- Liang Na versus Ariane Carnelossi [Women's strawweight]
- Aoriqileng versus Jeffrey Molina [Flyweight]
- Kazula Vargas versus Rongzhu [Lightweight]
- Danaa Batgerel versus Kevin Natividad [Bantamweight]
Prelims — 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on ESPN+ and ESPN
- Patrick Sabatini versus Tristan Connelly [Featherweight]
- Karl Roberson versus Brendan Allen [Middleweight]
- Dwight Grant versus Stefan Sekulic [Welterweight]
- Alex Oliveira versus Randy Brown [Welterweight]
Main Card — 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT on ESPN+ for $70
- Anthony Smith versus Jim Crute [Light Heavyweight]
- Uriah Hall versus Chris Weidman [Middleweight]
- Valentina Shevchenko versus Jéssica Andrade [Women's flyweight title fight]
- Zhang Weili versus Rose Namajunas [Women's strawweight title fight]
- Kamaru Usman versus Jorge Masvidal [Welterweight title fight]
How to watch UFC 261
The main event of UFC 261 will be streamed live via ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET on April 24. The event is separated into three portions: the early prelims, the prelims, and the main card.
The early prelims start at 5:45 p.m. ET and are only available to UFC Fight Pass subscribers. The prelims will begin at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and the ESPN cable channel. The main card is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET and is an ESPN+ exclusive pay-per-view event.
This means that you have to subscribe to the ESPN+ streaming service before you're able to buy the PPV. An ESPN+ membership costs $6 a month or $60 a year. The UFC 261 PPV event requires a one-time fee of $70 on top of your subscription.
You can access the ESPN+ app on all major mobile and streaming devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox One, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, and more.
Ways to save on the UFC 261 pay-per-view price
If you plan on signing up for ESPN+ to watch UFC 261, you can take advantage of a special discounted package.
New subscribers can purchase a year-long ESPN+ membership with access to UFC 261 included for a total of $89.98. That's over 30% off the regular combined price of an annual plan and a PPV match. Following your first year of service, ESPN+ will renew for the regular annual price of $60.
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