UFC president Dana White has declared the UFC is back to having crowds at its events, starting with Jacksonville’s UFC 261 in April.
— UFC (@ufc) March 16, 2021
The main event features a rematch between welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (18-1-0) and challenger No.4 Jorge Masvidal (35-14-0).
Usman, 33, won a comfortable unanimous decision in the first encounter at UFC 251 in July 2020. Masvidal fought on short notice then, replacing Gilbert Burns and reportedly lost 22 pounds in order to make weight.
Masvidal, 36, hasn’t fought since UFC 251.
UFC 261 is scheduled for April 24 at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Scheduled bouts include:
KAMARU USMAN (18-1-0) VS. JORGE MASVIDAL (35-14-0)
XHANG WEILI (21-1-0) VS. ROSE NAMAJUNAS (9-4-0)
VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO (20-3-0) VS. JESSICA ANDRADE (21-8-0)
CHRIS WEIDMAN (15-5-0) VS. URIAH HALL (16-9-0)
DANAA BATGEREL (8-2-0) VS. KEVIN NATIVIDAD (9-2-0)
BRENDAN ALLEN (15-4-0) VS. KARL ROBERSON (9-3-0)
JEFF MOLINA (8-2-0) VS. QILENG AORI (18-6-0)
ARIANE CARNELOSSI (12-2-0) VS. NA LIANG (13-4-0)
More bouts are expected to be announced.