UFC 261 is live, and will be the first show in nearly 14 months with fans live from Jacksonville’s VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena tonight. The main event is a welterweight championship fight between the 18-1 champion Kamaru Usman, and the No. 4 challenger Jorge Masvidal. There are five fights on the main card, four on the preliminary card, and four on the early preliminary card that starts at 5:45 p.m. ET live on UFC Fight Pass.
We’ll be tracking all the results tonight. Below you’ll find the winner, how they secured a victory, and adding gifs, and video of exciting moments or stoppages where we can. Make sure to follow along throughout the evening! We’ve also included the odds for all fights from DraftKings Sportsbook as of 5:30 p.m. ET.
Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal: Welterweight Championship
Winner: Kamaru Usman
Winning Method: Kamaru Usman wins by KO at 1:02 of the second round.
Drive. Home. Safely. Add $50K to the champ’s purse, because this right hand in a night of stoppages was simply preposterous.
OUT COLD— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) April 25, 2021
KAMARU USMAN (-375) KNOCKS OUT JORGE MASVIDAL
USMAN BY KO +275 ✅pic.twitter.com/BjyNPirGY8
Kamaru Usman: -500
Jorge Masvidal: +355
Kamaru Usman By Decision -139
Kamaru Usman By KO, TKO or DQ +275
Jorge Masvidal By KO, TKO or DQ +400
Jorge Masvidal By Decision +1200
Kamaru Usman By Submission +1400
Jorge Masvidal By Submission +2000
Zhang Weili vs. Rose Namajunas: Women’s Strawweight Championship
Winner: Rose Namajunas
Winning Method: Rose Namajunas wins by KO (kick) at 1:18 of the first round.
WHAT A KICK! AND NEWWWWWWWW!!
Thug comes through with the third +600 KO or TKO win on the card. Namajunas stops one of the dominant fighters in UFC history in the first round.
Zhang Weili: -200
Rose Namajunas: +165
Weili Zhang by Decision +150
Weili Zhang by KO/TKO/DQ +250
Rose Namajunas By Decision +375
Rose Namajunas By KO/TKO/DQ +600
Rose Namajunas By Submission +700
Weili Zhang by Submission +1400
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Andrade: Women’s Flyweight Championship
Winner: Valentina Shevchenko
Winning Method: Valentina Shevchenko wins by TKO at 3:19 of the second round.
A complete domination by a woman that has cleaned out her division and every woman in MMA not named Amanda Nunes. And still... and deserved.
VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO TKO'S JESSICA ANDRADE WITH SOME BRUTAL ELBOWS!!!— (@RespectDaBeard1) April 25, 2021
That was an absolute BEAT DOWN! She's incredible!! pic.twitter.com/DkNwmLEtyd
Valentina Shevchenko: -455
Jessica Andrade: +350
Valentina Shevchenko By Decision +138
Valentina Shevchenko By KO, TKO or DQ +180
Valentina Shevchenko By Submission +550
Jessica Andrade By KO, TKO or DQ +600
Jessica Andrade By Decision +900
Jessica Andrade By Submission +1200
Uriah Hall vs. Chris Weidman: Middleweight
Winner: Uriah Hall
Winning Method: Uriah Hall wins by KO at 0:17 of the first round.
We’re not showing it. Chris Weidman broke his leg trying to low kick Hall. Search Google if you want to see it. Hall handled the post-fight interview with complete class, and let’s hope Weidman is ok. Just an absolute awful ending, and ironic considering it was Weidman that did the same thing to Anderson Silva many years ago.
Uriah Hall: +100
Chris Weidman: -125
Uriah Hall By KO, TKO or DQ +195
Chris Weidman By Decision +200
Uriah Hall By Decision +400
Chris Weidman By Submission +450
Chris Weidman By KO, TKO or DQ +700
Uriah Hall By Submission +2000
Anthony Smith vs. Jimmy Crute: Light Heavyweight
Winner: Anthony Smith
Winning Method: Anthony Smith wins by TKO (broken leg) at 5:00 of the first round.
Jimmy Crute absolutely tried to fight on what was a clearly broken leg, but it was stopped as the physician wouldn’t allow him to begin the second round when Crute massively limped off the stool and couldn’t stand up. Credit to him for trying to be a warrior, and also credit to the officials and doctor for not allowing it to happen. An incredible leg kick snapped Crute’s knee.
Anthony Smith: +160
Jim Crute: -200
Jim Crute By KO, TKO or DQ +195
Jim Crute By Decision +275
Anthony Smith By Decision +400
Jim Crute By Submission +500
Anthony Smith By KO, TKO or DQ +600
Anthony Smith By Submission +800
Alex Oliveira vs. Randy Brown: Welterweight
Winner: Randy Brown
Winning Method: Randy Brown wins by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:50 of the first round.
The punch that set it up was pretty incredible, but a one-armed rear naked choke finishes a bad blood battle.
Alex Oliveira +115
Randy Brown -148
Randy Brown By Decision +200
Alex Oliveira By Decision +320
Randy Brown By KO, TKO or DQ +350
Alex Oliveira By KO, TKO or DQ +500
Randy Brown By Submission +600
Alex Oliveira By Submission +650
Dwight Grant vs. Stefan Sekulic: Welterweight
Winner: Dwight Grant
Winning Method: Dwight Grant wins by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
It was a difficult decision, and Grant was forced to hang on until the end in a viscous guillotine choke for the last 30 seconds of the fight. But surviving it made the difference, though he led on strikes just 35-33, and Sekulic had a fight control advantage of 2:04-0:35. A very tough way to lose for Sekulic and he’ll have an argument he got hosed, as the two judges that gave Grant the second round made the difference here.
Dwight Grant -220
Stefan Sekulic +170
Dwight Grant By KO, TKO or DQ +110
Dwight Grant By Decision +280
Stefan Sekulic By Decision +385
Stefan Sekulic By Submission +800
Stefan Sekulic By KO, TKO or DQ +900
Dwight Grant By Submission +1300
Karl Roberson vs. Brendan Allen: Middleweight
Winner: Brendan Allen
Winning Method: Brendan Allen wins by submission (heel hook) at 4:55 of the first round.
Um, ouch? Yeah. Ouch.
Karl Roberson +132
Brendan Allen -165
Brendan Allen By Submission +175
Karl Roberson By KO, TKO or DQ +335
Brendan Allen By Decision +350
Karl Roberson By Decision +500
Brendan Allen By KO, TKO or DQ +700
Karl Roberson By Submission +800
Pat Sabatini vs. Tristan Connelly: Featherweight
Winner: Pat Sabatini30-27, 29-28, 29-28
Winning Method: Pat Sabatini wins by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Sabatini gets it done in his UFC debut via some great grappling, and he moves to 14-3 in MMA. In a 15-minute fight, he had control for 9:58 by the stats and landed 73 of 98 strikes.
Pat Sabatini -245
Tristan Connelly +195
Pat Sabatini By Decision +125
Tristan Connelly By Decision +320
Pat Sabatini By Submission +350
Pat Sabatini By KO, TKO or DQ +500
Tristan Connelly By KO, TKO or DQ +900
Tristan Connelly By Submission +1000
Danaa Batgerel vs. Kevin Natividad: Bantamweight
Winner: Danaa Batgerel
Winning Method: Danaa Batgerel wins by TKO at :50 of the first round.
One short left on the button, and we’re on to the preliminary card.
Danaa Batgerel -200
Kevin Natividad +161
Danaa Batgerel By Decision +170
Danaa Batgerel By KO, TKO or DQ +230
Kevin Natividad By Decision +280
Kevin Natividad By KO, TKO or DQ +800
Kevin Natividad By Submission +1000
Danaa Batgerel By Submission +1100
Kazula Vargas vs. Rong Zhu: Lightweight
Winner: Kazula Vargas
Winning Method: Kazula Vargas wins by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28).
Interesting scoring, but Vargas gets the win after landing 93 of 217 total strikes, and also showed some ample ground game when needed. The first upset of the card, it was a nice payday for those that had him winning via the scorecards.
Kazula Vargas +195
Rong Zhu -250
Rong Zhu by KO/TKO/DQ +125
Rong Zhu by Decision +300
Kazula Vargas By Decision +500
Kazula Vargas By KO/TKO/DQ +550
Rong Zhu by Submission +600
Kazula Vargas By Submission +1300
Qileng Aori vs. Jeff Molina: Flyweight
Winner: Jeff Molina
Winning Method: Jeff Molina wins by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27).
While Aori dominated the first round, Molina was able to get in there and start landing some strikes. He finished with 157 of 332 landed, compared to 71 of 253 for Aori. Aori’s three takedowns weren’t enough to overcome the deficit in the stand up, and this was the right decision.
Qileng Aori -109
Jeffrey Molina -114
Qileng Aori by Decision +170
Jeffrey Molina By Decision +180
Jeffrey Molina By Submission +600
Qileng Aori by KO/TKO/DQ +600
Jeffrey Molina By KO/TKO/DQ +850
Qileng Aori by Submission +900
Na Liang vs. Ariane Carnelossi: Women’s Strawweight
Winner: Ariane Carnelossi
Winning Method: Ariane Carnelossi wins by TKO (punches) at 3:55 of Round 2.
In an action-packed fight, in front of a not-quite-full but raucous crowd in Jacksonville, Carnelossi landed 93 of 118 strikes, including 91 to the head. Liang managed three takedowns, but was unable to maintain control at any point.
Ariane Carnelossi -225
Na Liang +175
Ariane Carnelossi By KO/TKO/DQ +150
Ariane Carnelossi By Decision +380
Ariane Carnelossi By Submission +450
Na Liang by Decision +500
Na Liang by Submission +500
Na Liang by KO/TKO/DQ +900
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