Jorge Masvidal is out for revenge as he faces welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in a mouthwatering rematch at UFC 261: Everything you need to know ahead of a huge night of action in the octagon
- Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal square off on Saturday night in Jacksonville
- The pair last fought in July 2020, when Usman retained his welterweight title
- Masvidal had just six days to prepare after replacing Gilbert Burns late on
- Usman is the heavy favourite to prevail once again where the pair meet
Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal will once again go to war when they meet on Saturday night in their eagerly-anticipated rematch at UFC 261.
The pair went head-to-head in July 2020 at UFC 251, when Usman furthered his already-glowing reputation as he showcased his phenomenal wrestling ability to secure a 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46 win on the judges scorecards.
There was bad blood in abundance ahead of the bout at Dana White’s ‘Fight Island’, but Masvidal – who took the fight on just six day’s notice after Gilbert Burns tested positive for coronavirus – was unable to end Usman’s 15-fight winning streak.
Usman has subsequently beaten his original opponent Burns at UFC 258, stopping the Brazilian in the third round after being knocked down in the first.
The welterweight king instantly pushed for a rematch with Masvidal after the fight, insisting he will come out victorious once more – even if his opponent is afforded a full training camp.
With the intriguing clash swiftly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
Kamaru Usman emerged victorious when he and Jorge Masvidal fought at UFC 251 last year
The match-up between Usman and Masvidal is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 24 at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
For fans in the United Kingdom, the undercard action won’t get underway until around 3am on Sunday, with the main event expected for around 6am, depending on the outcome of the prior fights.
Fight fans won’t have to stay up too late to catch the first glance of the action, however, with the preliminaries getting underway at 11pm.
There are also a number of intriguing match-ups on the undercard, with two other title fights taking place at UFC 261, being Zhang Weili v Rose Namajunas and Valentina Shevchenko v Jessica Andrade.
How to watch Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal 2
Much to the delight of fight fans in the United Kingdom, the clash between Usman and Masvidal is not a pay-per-view event.
Yes, the action will be shown live on BT Sport 1, with coverage starting at 1am.
Existing customers able to watch the fights either on television or by streaming it on the BT app or website, while non-subscribers can also watch it by purchasing a monthly pass for £25 with no contract involved.
Additionally, EE customers can watch the event FOR FREE by including BT Sport to their existing deal at no additional cost.
To do so, you’ll have to log in to EE and select the BT Sport app, which can also be shown on the big screen by texting SPORT to 150, after which a three-month trial will start.
Meanwhile, those in the United States can watch the action on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass, the latter of which will also be showing the early prelims.
Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal: The records
Usman has fought once since beating Masvidal, stopping Gilbert Burns in February 2021
Total fights: 19
Record: 18W, 1L, 0D
Height: 5ft 11in
Total fights: 49
Record: 35W, 14L, 0D
Card in full
Kamaru Usman (vs. Jorge Masvidal 2 for Welterweight title
Zhang Weili vs. Rose Namajunas for Women’s Strawweight title
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jéssica Andrade for Women’s Flyweight title
Uriah Hall vs. Chris Weidman 2
Anthony Smith vs. Jimmy Crute
Alex Oliveira vs. Randy Brown
Dwight Grant vs. Stefan Sekulic
Karl Roberson vs. Brendan Allen
Patrick Sabatini vs. Tristan Connelly
Danaa Batgerel vs. Kevin Natividad
Kazula Vargas vs. Rong Zhu
Qileng Aori vs. Jeffrey Molina
Na Liang vs. Ariane Carnelossi
What has been said?
Masvidal insists he will get the better of Usman this time having enjoyed a full training camp
There was plenty of trash talk in the build-up to the first fight between the pair, and it has been no different this time round.
In the immediate aftermath to Usman’s previous victory against Burns, he declared: ‘I am the best on the planet for a reason. Y’all need to put some respect on my f****** name! I am the welterweight champ for a reason, and I’m here to stay.’
‘I will give you a whole training camp,’ Usman added, addressing Masvidal. ‘This time, I will finish your ass.’
He has since continued his verbal assault, saying: ‘Honestly, [in the first fight] I don’t think I broke him the way that I wanted to break him .
‘There’s something that satisfies me when I fight guys and that’s the thing that I believe years ago Jon spoke about this.
‘When you’re in there with that opponent there’s an intimate moment where only you and that guy know what’s going on.
‘Only you and that guy know how hard he hits you, only you and that guy know how hard I’m coming at him. And with Masvidal, I don’t think I fully broke him the way wanted to.
Masvidal, on the other hand, assures it will be he who gets the victory this time round. And when he does, the 36-year-old insists he’ll be gunning for another fight.
‘When I win the rematch, we definitely will go for the trilogy,’ Masvidal said in a recent Q&A on ESPN. ‘I will not go down in history 1-1 with this individual. It’s just not going to happen.
‘I’m not gonna cut 20 pounds of weight—mainly water—in six days [this time],’ Masvidal added. ‘Right now, I’m eight, nine pounds before I hit the mark of 170, so it’s a different cut altogether. That will be the determining factor, I think.’
Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal 2: The odds
After dominating in their first encounter, Usman comes into the bout as the heavy favourite to prevail among the bookies.
The Nigerian is favoured at 1/4 to come out victorious, while Masvidal is the 11/4 underdog.
*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.
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