Huge UFC news has broken this evening. Dana White took to his personal twitter account this evening to announce that the promotion is going to host an event with a full crowd on April 24th.
White announced that UFC 261 will take place in Jacksonville, Florida in front of a full crowd. Jacksonville was the first place to host a UFC event after the pandemic shut things down in 2020 and they will be the first city to welcome back a full crowd.
However, the news didn’t stop there. White also announced that UFC 261 will be headlined by Kamaru Usman (18-1) – Jorge Masvidal (35-14) 2. A rematch from their first fight that took place at UFC 251 on Fight Island.
The promotion has also announced two additional title fights for that event already. Zhang Weili – Rose Namajunas and Valentina Shevchenko – Jessica Andrade will also take place on the April 24th card.
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It’s huge news that fans are coming back, but it’s perhaps even bigger news that we are seeing the rematch between Usman and Masvidal. Usman just defended his welterweight title against Gilbert Burns back at UFC 258.
There had been talk about the two coaching The Ultimate Fighter and fighting in September. However, that plan was scrapped in order to have these two headline the first UFC event back with a full crowd.
Masvidal will now get his chance to fight Kamaru Usman with a full training camp. Gamebred has maintained that if he had a full camp to prepare for Usman, he would’ve defeated him back in July.
Kamaru Usman looked better than ever last month when he defeated Gilbert Burns. His striking looked sensational and he was able to handle the early onslaught from Burns and finish him in the third round of their title fight.
After the fight was over, Usman called for a rematch with Masvidal. Usman doesn’t want there to be any doubt as to who is the best welterweight in the world. On April 24th, these two will finally settle the argument on who’s the best welterweight in the UFC.
WE ARE BACK!!!!!!#UFC261 April 24th. Jacksonville, FL. FULL CROWD. pic.twitter.com/5dy7wb4OWE
— danawhite (@danawhite) March 16, 2021