Dana White: UFC 261 Location Announced

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UFC President Dana White announced on Monday that UFC 261 will be held on April 24, 2021, at the VyStar Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.

The event was originally scheduled to be held in Singapore. Due to failed negotiations between the UFC and Singaporean government due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event was relocated to the USA.

Despite recent coronavirus outbreaks in the area, White promises the arena will be packed with fight fans. The arena holds approximately 15,000 fight fans.

The night promises action and excitement with three title fights and a host of other top performers in the octagon.

An Anticipated Rematch

UFC welterweight champ Kamaru Usman faces off in a rematch against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261. The pair fought at UFC 251 in 2020. Masvidal took the fight on short notice, losing by unanimous decision.

Zhang Weili Fights Rose Namajunas

UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili puts her belt on the line a second time as she fights Rose Namajunas. Weili defeated former champion Joanna Jendrzejczyk in 2020, earning Fight of the Year honors. Namajunas is a crowd favorite but Dana White hopes Weili will bring a strong match.

Valentina Shevchenko Fights Jessica Andrade

Flyweight titleholder Valentina Shevchenko fights Jessica Andrade at UFC 261. Andrade has a 10-pound weight advantage against her opponent. She is listed as #5 in the UFC pound per pound rankings.

Shevchenko is ranked #2 in the UFC pound per pound rankings.

More UFC 261 Bouts

Other bouts at UFC 261 include:

  • Jimmy Crute V. Anthony Smith
  • Uriah Hall V. Chris Weidman
  • Qileng Aori V. Jeffrey Molina

This promises to be one of the most stacked cards in UFC history.  Expect nothing short of excitement from each opponent who steps inside the octagon.

If you attend the event in person, be sure to mask up. It is for everyone’s protection against the virus. As for me, I will watch the event from the comfort of home.

Who do you hope comes out a winner at UFC 261?


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