In his latest Instagram post, Kamaru Usman declared the date for his rematch with Jorge Masvidal. The rematch is one of the most highly anticipated fights of the year.
The fight came to be after Usman beat Gilbert Burns on February 13, and then proceeded to call out Masvidal. Usman wanted a rematch of their July 11, 2020, bout. That time, he ended up winning by unanimous decision.
However, many suggested that Usman had won the first fight due to Masvidal’s lack of prep time. The last time around, Masvidal had taken the fight on six days’ notice.
Clearly, Usman feels the need to rectify this belief, and now has a date for it as well. “4-24-21 #ANDSTILL” he captioned his latest Instagram post. Usman wanted his next defense to be against Jorge Masvidal, and he got it.
Thank you UFC fans!!!
– Sold out in minutes. One of the fastest sell outs in UFC history.
– Arena record for highest gross.
– 15k attendance
I will see you in Jacksonville pic.twitter.com/mPwmOf4Saa
— danawhite (@danawhite) March 26, 2021
The event is being held in VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, before an expected capacity crowd of 15,000 fans. In an update from Dana White, the event was a complete sellout that was one of the fastest in the UFC’s history.
Big fight for Kamaru Usman
Without the shadow of a doubt, there will be immense pressure on Usman. He’s the current Welterweight champion, and he himself called for the rematch. He has put both his title and his dignity on the line.
UFC 261 will feature three title fights, including Usman-Masvidal 2. Valentina Shevchenko is also putting her women’s flyweight title on the line against Jessica Andrade. Furthermore, Zhang Weili will defend her straw weight title against Rose Namajunas.
Many fans have speculated that the fight will be much closer this time around. The two have already fought before but ‘Gamebred’, will be better prepared this time around and will have a full camp. Whatever the outcome is, this event is one that cannot be missed.
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