With three championship belts on the line in just one night, it’s fair to say that UFC 261: Usman vs Masvidal 2 is going to be a big one this weekend. In the main event, Welterweight champ Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman will look to defend his title against UFC veteran and viral sensation Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal for a second time, following their first fight at UFC 251 in July 2020.
Usman has been in unstoppable form in the Welterweight division for some time now, but the underdog Masvidal is a dangerous opponent who seems more motivated than ever to achieve his lifelong dream of becoming UFC champion. Having taken the original Usman fight on just six days’ notice, Masvidal – now coming off a full training camp – is confident that he can put The Nigerian Nightmare’s reign of terror to an end. The bad blood has been brewing between these two for some time, so you can expect some heated physical and verbal exchanges on the night.
Your best bet to watch all the fights in the UK is to get a BT Sport Monthly Pass. BT Sport subscribers can tune in on either BT Sport 1 or the BT Sport app, where the UFC 261 coverage will begin from 1am BST on Sunday, 25 April. The main card starts at 3am, with the top-billed fight between Usman and Masvidal expected to take place somewhere between 5-6am. If you don’t feel like staying up, you can catch a full replay of the whole card on the BT Sport app once the event is over.
Meanwhile, viewers in the US will need to subscribe to ESPN+ and pay for the PPV package. And if you live in Italy, Spain, Germany or Austria you can sign up for a free trial of DAZN to watch the event. No matter where you are, all these services can be accessed from abroad using a good VPN service.
In addition to Usman vs Masvidal 2, there are also two spectacular women’s championship fights lined up for UFC 261. In the co-main event, Strawweight champion Weili Zhang will face off against former champion and #1 ranked contender Rose “Thug” Namajunas. The first Chinese UFC champion ever, Zhang is a ferocious fighter whose bouts never disappoint – and she’s won half of them by KO or TKO.
You won’t want to miss the women’s Flyweight title bout either, where defending champion Valentina “Bullet” Schevchenko aims to maintain her winning streak against former Strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade. Thanks to her striking finesse and well-rounded grappling abilities, Schevchenko is arguably the most skilled female fighter in the history of combat sports. But she has her work cut out for her in Andrade; the Brazilian is relentless with her striking and takedown attempts and she possesses serious knockout power.
The remaining fights on the main card are well worth catching too. Light Heavyweights Anthony Smith and Jim Crute will duke it out to open the card, and they’ll be followed by an exciting Middleweight matchup between Uriah Hall and Chris Weidman.
As if three title fights weren’t enough, UFC 261 is also the first UFC event in a very long time to take place in a real arena. 15,000 fans will be in attendance at the packed out Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida this weekend, making UFC 261 one of the first sporting events – of any kind – to feature a full-capacity audience since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The atmosphere is guaranteed to be electric and you won’t want to miss a single fight when the action goes down.
UFC 261 Usman vs Masvidal 2: Main Card
- US start time and channel: 11pm on Saturday, 24 April on ESPN+
- UK start time and channel: 3am on Sunday, 25 April on BT Sport
- Germany start time and channel: 4am on Sunday, 25 April on DAZN (free trial)
- Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal for the Welterweight title
- Zhang Weili vs Rose Namajunas for the Women’s Strawweight title
- Valentina Shevchenko vs Jessica Andrade for the Women’s Flyweight title
- Uriah Hall vs Chris Weidman in the Middleweight bout
- Anthony Smith vs Jim Crute in the Light Heavyweight bout
UFC 261 Usman vs Masvidal 2: Prelims Card
- US start time and channel: 9pm on Saturday, 24 April on ESPN+
- UK start time and channel: 1am on Sunday, 25 April on BT Sport
- Germany start time and channel: 2am on Sunday, 25 April on DAZN (free trial)
- Alex Oliveira vs Randy Brown in the Welterweight bout
- Dwight Grant vs Stefan Sekulic in the Welterweight bout
- Karl Roberson vs Brendan Allen in the Middleweight bout
- Patrick Sabatini vs Tristan Connelly in the Featherweight bout
How to watch UFC 261 Usman vs Masvidal 2 in the UK: BT Sport
The only way for UK residents to watch UFC 261: Usman vs Masvidal 2 is to get BT Sport, which is the exclusive broadcast partner for the event. BT Sport can be costly and there are several different ways to access it depending on what package you want. Most BT Sport packages tie you down to a long-term contract upfront and come with an initial setup fee.
If you don’t want a long-term BT Sport contract, then your best option to watch UFC 261 Usman vs Masvidal 2 is to get a BT Sport Monthly Pass. This pass costs only £25/mnth and it doesn’t involve any setup fees or tie you down to any long-term contracts. It gives you instant access to all BT Sport channels for an entire month, you can cancel at any time and stream content on any two devices at the same time.
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How to watch UFC 261 Usman vs Masvidal 2 in the US: ESPN+
Likewise, if you live in the US, then your best option to watch the rematch fight between Usman and Masvidal this weekend is to subscribe to ESPN+. Again, there are a few ways to get this. If you have a pre-existing ESPN+ subscription, then you’ll need to spend $70 to watch UFC 261.
We think the best option for new customers is to get the UFC BUndle that costs $90. This not only gives you access to UFC 261, but you’ll also get a year-long subscription to ESPN+ that would otherwise cost you over $50.
The third way is to get the UFC 261 Bundle that also gives you access to Disney Plus, ESPN+ and Hulu. It costs $83, but you get instant access to everything for a whole month, making it a great way to see whether it’s something you’d like to go in for the long haul.
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How to watch UFC 261 Usman vs Masvidal 2 for free in Europe: DAZN
Residents in some European countries are a bit more fortunate because they have the only route of watching the rematch fight between Usman and Masvidal for free. UFC 261 is being broadcast on popular streaming service DAZN this weekend.
The service has a free trial for new customers, meaning you can simply create a new account and watch all three