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Tale of the Tape for Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261

Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal fight for the welterweight championship in the main event of UFC 261 on April 24. We break down the odds.

Kamaru Usman of Nigeria prepares to fight Gilbert Burns of Brazil in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 258 event at UFC APEX on February 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

In the main event title bout at welterweight for UFC 261, Kamaru Usman will fight Jorge Masvidal Saturday night from Jacksonville, FL and available on ESPN+ PPV. It will be the second fight between these two mixed martial artists, as they competed at UFC 251 last year with Usman winning by unanimous decision.

The 33-year-old Usman enters the octagon with a professional fighting record of 18-1, and is the welterweight champion. He’s also ranked second in the men’s pound-for-pound rankings. “The Nigerian Nightmare” last competed at UFC 258 in February, defeating Gilbert Burns by technical knockout in Round 3. Usman has also won 17-straight professional bouts, including 13 in the UFC.

The welterweight champ averages 4.66 strikes per minute, with an accuracy of 54%. But the 33-year-old Usman only absorbs 2.33 strikes per minute, while he defends against them at 58%. The former collegiate wrestling champion has a 3.22 takedown average per 15 minutes with a 47% takedown accuracy.

Masvidal walks into the main event with a professional fighting record of 35-14. He’s ranked fourth in the welterweight class and last fought at UFC 251, where the 36-year-old fighter loss to Usman. Out of Masvidal’s 35 professional wins, 17 has been by decision and 16 by TKO/KO. “Gamebred” lands 4.2 significant strikes per minute with 47% accuracy. He also absorbs more strikes than his opponent at three per minute and defends against them at 65%. Unlike Usman, Masvidal is not much of a grappler with a 1.57 takedown average and 59% accuracy.

Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 on April 24.

Money line odds

Kamaru Usman: -435
Jorge Masvidal: +320

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