UFC 261 will feature a stacked fight card featuring three title fights. The fight card is headlined by UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and BMF titleholder Jorge Masvidal.
The fight card is taking place at the Vystar veterans memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. It will be the first fight card in over a year that will have an arena filled up with fans in full capacity.
In the co-main event, UFC strawweight champion Weili Zhang will defend her title against former champion Rose Namajunas.
Also, present on the card is UFC flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko, who will be taking on former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade.
The main event of UFC 261 is a rematch from the UFC 251 fight that took place last year in Abu Dhabi. In that fight, Kamaru Usman was able to defeat Jorge Masvidal via a unanimous decision. However, Masvidal has been gunning for a rematch ever since as he took the fight on six days notice as the opponent initially scheduled to fight Usman i.e Gilbert Burns tested positive for Covid-19.
Heading into this rematch, Kamaru Usman has opened up as a massive 3-1 favourite over Masvidal.
Significant Strikes Landed per Minute: 4.66
Significant Striking Accuracy: 54%
Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute: 2.33
Significant Strike Defence (the % of opponents strikes that did not land): 58%
Average Takedowns Landed per 15 minutes: 3.22
Takedown Accuracy: 47%
Takedown Defense (the % of opponents TD attempts that did not land): 100%
Average Submissions Attempted per 15 minutes: 0.1
Significant Strikes Landed per Minute: 4.20
Significant Striking Accuracy: 47%
Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute: 2.92
Significant Strike Defence (the % of opponents strikes that did not land): 65%
Average Takedowns Landed per 15 minutes: 1.57
Takedown Accuracy: 59%
Takedown Defense (the % of opponents TD attempts that did not land): 77%
Average Submissions Attempted per 15 minutes: 0.4
The MMA India Show brings you another series of “The Prediction”, where, I, Jay Rock, analyse the upcoming fight cards and giving my predictions, analysis, betting tips.
For the last fight card, I didn’t have a great day as I went 2-2 on picks, bringing my overall record to 105-49.
Check out my previous predictions here.
Welterweight: Kamaru Usman (1.25) vs Jorge Masvidal (4.00)
Prediction: Kamaru Usman defeats Jorge Masvidal or Kamaru Usman defeats Jorge Masvidal via decision (1.72)
Strawweight: Weili Zhang (1.50) vs Rose Namajunas (2.62)
Prediction: Weili Zhang defeats Rose Namajunas
Flyweight: Valentina Shevchenko (1.25) vs Jessica Andrade (4.00)
Prediction: Valentina Shevchenko defeats Jessica Andrade
Middleweight: Chris Weidman (1.72) vs Uriah Hall (2.10)
Prediction: The fight goes under 1.5 rounds (1.44)
Light Heavyweight: Anthony Smith (2.62) vs Jim Crute (1.50)
Prediction: The fight goes under 1.5 rounds (1.57)