By Landon Smith

Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal 2 UFC 261 Welterweight Title Preview and Tips 4/24/2021

Kamaru Usman will defend his welterweight title at UFC 261 against Jorge Masvidal in an event that will take place on April 24 as the main fight of the night.
Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal 2 UFC 261 Welterweight Title
Date Saturday, April 24, 2021
Arena VyStar Veterans Memorial
Location Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Time 10:00p ET
TV PPV, ESPN+

 

Matchup and Prediction
Kamaru Usman UFC 261 Jorge Masvidal
18-1-0 Record 35-14-0
Nigeria Country United States
6' 0" Height 5' 11"
170.00 LB Weight 170.00 LB
76 in Reach 74 in
41 in Leg Reach 39.5 in
47% KO/TKO 46%
5% SUB 6%
47% DEC 49%
16:50 AVG Fight Time 13:22
0.48 Knockdown AVG 0.49

Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal 2 will Fight This Saturday, April 24 in UFC 261 At The VyStar Veterans Memorial, Jacksonville, Florida, USA and Watch on PPV, ESPN+

This is the second confrontation between Kamaru Usman (18-1-0) and Jorge Masvidal (35-14-0), so the faces have already been seen inside the octagon.

In the previous fight, Usman was victorious. Using his grappling and fighting skills, the Nigerian was able to nullify Masvidal's explosiveness in the first match.

However, there is something to keep in mind. In the first fight, Masvidal only had 7 days to prepare for the fight.

Kamaru is a technical fighter with a strong focus on grappling. He may not be the most entertaining but he wins fights.

On the other hand, Masvidal is an explosive fighter, who can knock out his opponents at any time.

If we put the heart aside, the numbers tell us that Kamaru Usman has the upper hand in this match thanks to his ability to control.

Masvidal could win via KO or TKO. But if this fight goes to a decision, it is quite likely that Usman will be the winner by controlling him inside the Octagon.

We can't know what Masvidal has improved since his last fight, however Jorge is coming off a longer time of inactivity than Usman, who recently defeated Gilbert Burns in a solid way.

In conclusion, for statistics, style, and consistency, it is best to bet on Usman as the winner of the fight by going the distance.

UFC 261 MAIN CARD PREVIEW AND ODDS

 

WINNER: Jorge Masvidal @ +300

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By Landon Smith, on 24 Apr 2021, at 8:45p ET