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UFC 261: Usman vs. Masvidal, Main Card Betting Info, Fight Odds and Prediction

UFC 261: Usman vs. Masvidal Main Card betting

Fight fans will be unleashed on Saturday night.  VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena will be packed to the rafters.  Specifically, a crowd of 15,000 fans is coming for championship glory.  A total of three title bouts are on Saturday’s UFC betting main card.  Of course, the Main Event is the welterweight title bout between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal.  A total of five fights are on the Main Card.  Including the women’s strawweight title bout of Zhang Weili vs. Rose Namajunas.  And then Valentina Shevchenko and Jessica Andrade will fight for the women’s flyweight title.  ESPN+ provides coverage.

UFC 261 – Usman vs. Masvidal – Main Card Betting Information

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
TV Coverage: ABC

Usman vs. Masvidal Welterweight Title Bout Betting Odds

Masvidal 4½ (-190) +335
Usman 4½ (+165) -420
Place Bets

Defending champion Kamaru Usman has a sportsbook record of 18 wins and one loss.  This matchup is his fourth title defense.  Initially, Usman defeated Tyron Woodley by a unanimous decision on March 2, 2019, to capture the welterweight title.  Subsequently, Usman beat Colby Covington, Jorge Masvidal, and Gilbert Burns.

Jorge Masvidal brings a career mark of 35 wins and 14 losses.  Last time out was a unanimous decision loss to Kamaru Usman on July 12, 2020. That fight in Abu Dhabi was for Usman’s UFC welterweight title.  Previously, Masvidal won three contests in a row.

C-Zhang Weili vs. Rose Namajunas Women’s Strawweight Title Bout Odds

Fighter ML
Rose Namajunas +170
C-Zhang Weili -200
Place Bets

In sum, Zhang Weili brings a career record of 21 wins and one loss.  Rose Namajunas is at ten wins and four losses for her career.

Since a loss in the first fight of her career, Weili hasn’t lost.  That’s a total of 21 consecutive wins over 7.5 years.  Saturday marks the second defense of her title.  Weili won the strawweight championship with a technical knockout against Jessica Andrade.  That fight took place on August 31, 2019.  Following that was a split decision win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk on March 7, 2020.

Last time out for Namajunas was July 12, 2020, in a split decision revenge win over Jessica Andrade.  Previously, Andrade beat Namajunas by a knockout slam on May 11, 2019, for the UFC strawweight championship. Initially, Namajunas defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the strawweight title on November 4, 2017.  And then Namajunas won a rematch by unanimous decision on April 7, 2018.

C-Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Andrade Women’s Flyweight Title Bout Odds

Fighter ML
C-Valentina Shevchenko -420
Jessica Andrade +335
Place Bets

Valentina Shevchenko has a mark of 20 wins and three losses for her career.  And then Jessica Andrade brings a record of 21 wins and eight losses with the UFC betting odds.

Shevchenko is riding a six-bout winning streak.  Including four consecutive title defense wins.  Most recently, she won a unanimous decision over Jennifer Maia on November 21, 2020.

In turn, Andrade won the strawweight championship by knockout slam over Rose Namajunas on May 11, 2019.  However, she lost the title belt in her next fight against Zhang Weili on August 31, 2019.  Following that was a split decision loss to Namajunas.  Contrarily, Andrade won her last bout on October 18, 2020.  Andrade beat Katlyn Chookagian by first-round technical knockout.

Uriah Hall vs. Chris Weidman Middleweight Bout Odds

Fighter ML
Chris Weidman -130
Uriah Hall +110
Place Bets

Overall, Uriah Hall has a career ledger of 17 wins and nine losses.  Chris Weidman is at 15 wins and five losses for his career.

Anthony Smith vs. Jim Crute Light Heavyweight Bout Odds

Fighter ML
Anthony Smith +170
Jim Crute -200
Place Bets

Anthony Smith brings a record of 34 wins and 16 losses to the octagon.  Counter to that is Jim Crute at 12 wins and one loss.

UFC 261 CashBet Free Picks

On this occasion, Usman is expensive but the more realistic choice.  Zhang Weili has the look of a long-term champion.  While Jessica Andrade looks past her prime.

UFC 261 CashBet Best Bets: 

Kamaru Usman, Zhang Weili, Valentina Shevchenko


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