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UFC 261 Live Stream, Betting tips, odds and Predictions

Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal

The UFC fight cards get juicy and juicy as the days pass by in this pandemic time. Current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman puts his strap on the line against a familiar rival in Jorge Masvidal on April 24, 2020, at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville. The native fighter Masvidal didn’t have much time to prepare last time around, just six days to be exact, but this time there can be no excuses. Determined to shut Masvidal’s wide mouth, Usman steps into the Octagon this Saturday.

The gods of MMA won’t be satisfied with just one title bout, so UFC has put on a show. Zhang Zhang defends her strawweight title against former champion and the number one contender Rose Namajunas. In the third title bout of the night, Valentina Shevchenko lock horns with Jessica Andrade as she stakes the women’s flyweight title. A middleweight fight unfolds between Uriah Hall and Chris Weidman. Anthony Smith challenges Jim Crute in the light heavyweight division.

How to live stream UFC 261?

ESPN network will broadcast the event in the USA through its channels and ESPN+ online platform.

In the UK, BT sport is the official broadcaster of UFC.

BELL holds the rights to broadcast the fights in Canada this year.

UFC official website and application offers the UFC fight pass for the fans and viewers worldwide to live stream the event based on subscription.

Also, bet365.com offers a live streaming option for active betters in any of the fights in UFC 261.

Fight card

Main card

Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal

Weili Zhang vs Rose Namajunas

Valentina Shevchenko vs Jessica Andrade

Uriah Hall vs Chris Weidman

Anthony Smith vs Jimmy Crute

Prelims

Alex Oliveira vs Randy Brown

Dwight Grant vs Stefan Sekulic

Karl Roberson vs Brendan Allen

Patrick Sabatini vs Tristan Connelly

Early Prelims

Danaa Batgerel vs Kevin Natividad

Kazula Vargas vs Rongzhu

Aoriqileng vs Jeffrey Molina

Liang Na vs Ariane Carnelossi

Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal

Aurora of Kamaru Usman’s life finds its roots along the Gulf of Guinea coast in Nigeria. Eventually immigrating to the United States, the Nigerian Nightmare laid the foundation for wrestling in high school. Turning pro in November 2012, Usman stepped into the Octagon in 2015. Since then, Usman never kissed the mat, standing 18-1-0. Taunting his opponents with a crawl, Usman goes for it with his grappling skills, builds upon it with strong ground and pound, cramping them up against the cage.

Usman’s last encounter with Masvidal was a one-sided affair, he was awarded a decision win by the end of five rounds. The champion’s ground game is on a whole different level, he cleverly cons each bout. While he can tackle the rivals against the fence, he excels in taking someone out in the open. In the Gilbert Burns fight, Usman paced the whole fight with his tormenting jabs. Burns was hurt badly even before that big right hand came about. Not to forget the blows which the champ endured in the first round against Burns, a high knee and a blow to the temple would have taken down any other guy. But not Usman, he is phenomenal and he deserves respect. Period.

“Don’t count the days, make the days count.”

– Muhammad Ali

Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal had a difficult childhood, indulging in street fighting from a young age. His father left Cuba at his young age, different crimes put him behind the bars. His Peruvian mother raised him in Miami, Florida. Inconsistent grades in school mean he shifted his focus towards karate and MMA.

So, here it is. Two fighters on contention for the same cause. Respect and recognition. Masvidal’s MMA career kick-started long back in 2003, the Gamebred is a risktaker, that’s probably why his record stands at 35-14-0. Nine months have passed since he stepped into the Octagon, since Usman’s bout. He is a bare-knuckle fighter, last time he didn’t have enough time to think and focus. Now he does. His range of attack varies from strikes, kicks, and control and release tactics.

Outside it might seem like he isn’t focused nor he cares about the outcome. Contrarily, Masvidal calculates his moves and watches his rival’s moves keenly. That said, Jorge Masvidal has the potential to make Usman bleed, But he lacks the discipline to tempt Usman to make a mistake. The Nigerian Nightmare is a snake when it comes to patience, he will sit in his hole till the doom if necessary. Usman will tire Masvidal out if the fist power didn’t work.

Weili Zhang vs Rose Namajunas

Maybe, Weili Zhang’s championship defence against Joanna Jedrzejczyk will go down the UFC history as one of the best fights ever. The Chinese martial artist is a 5′ 4″ wonder, his striking game breaks the mould of women’s strawweight category. Facing just a single loss in her whole career 21-1, Zhang has the power to retain her title for long as he desires to. Her statement about Amanda Nunes challenge is no joke, the woman is the real deal. She fights mostly from the orthodox position but switches stances now and then. Her swift movements and low-kicks can cause trouble for Rose Namajunas. Zhang walks down straight towards her rivals, landing punches and pushing forward.

Going down in the second round against Jessica Andrade in May 2019, everyone would have thought the former champion Rose Namajunas’ is over. But she sprung back last year, claiming a decision win over Jessica Andrade, like the other times. Namajunas is a great grappler who aces in submission, her rear-naked choke has silenced four of her past rivals. She is an underrated fighter and that makes her dangerous. While Zhang attempts spinning back kicks, the Thug can cut in the gap and attack Zhang’s hips real quick. The Chinese fighter is a ball of absolute power, she will finish Namajunas before the end of round 3.

Valentina Shevchenko vs Jessica Andrade 

Opposing poles of MMA fighting meet, a powerhouse Jessica Andrade faces a technical fighter in Valentino Shevchenko. The flyweight strap is on the line, Shevchenko is the champion. Valentino Shevchenko is a well-rounded fighter, she hails from Kyrgyzstan, she follows the Muay Thai style of fighting. Her technical abilities have abled her to survive alongside Amanda Nunes in the flyweight division. She has the highest takedown and striking accuracy in the division, she has six knockouts, seven submissions and seven decisions. Back in 2017, Shevchenko survived five rounds with Amanda Nunes only to see the judges take a split decision against her.

Jessica, in juxtaposition, is a powerhouse. She rains hard when she goes for it. Not as calculative as Shevchenko, the Brazilian digs hard. But she doesn’t dig laterally which shows her ring IQ. Moving to strawweight from bantamweight, only to get bashed up by the night’s title contenders Rose Namajunas and Weili Zhang, Jessica Andrade has been to a lot of places. Promoting herself to flyweight, she had her taste of victory against Katlyn Chookagian. Andrade volleyed in punches to finish the bout within five minutes. Shevchenko will retain the title if she is cautious with Andrade’s power.

 

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