Kamaru Usman (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

UFC 261 Results: Usman and Shevchenko Retain, Namajunas Reclaims Gold

On Saturday, April 24, the UFC hosted UFC 261: Usman vs. Masvidal 2 from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

In the night’s main event, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman rematched Jorge Masvidal. The pair met previously at UFC 251 with the champion Usman dominating the entire five rounds en route to a unanimous-decision victory.

The co-main event took place in the women’s strawweight division as current titleholder Weili Zhang collided with former champion Rose Namajunas.


A third title fight filled out the card as reigning flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko defended her belt against former strawweight beltholder Jéssica Andrade.

The event kicked off with a preliminary-card stream on ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET. The action switched to ESPN for the televised prelims at 8 p.m. ET, with the five-fight main card airing at 10 p.m. ET via ESPN+ pay-per-view.

Kamaru Usman def. Jorge Masvidal by knockout (punch). Round 2, 1:02- for welterweight title
Rose Namajunas def. Weili Zhang by knockout (head kick). Round 1, 1:18- for strawweight title
Valentina Shevchenko def. Jéssica Andrade by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 3:19 – for flyweight title
Uriah Hall def. Chris Weidman by TKO (broken leg). Round 1, 0:17
Anthony Smith def. Jimmy Crute by TKO (leg injury). Round 1, 5:00
Randy Brown def. Alex Oliveira by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:50
Dwight Grant def. Stefan Sekulić by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Brendan Allen def. Karl Roberson by submission (straight ankle lock). Round 1, 4:55
Pat Sabatini def. Tristan Connelly by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Danaa Batgerel def. Kevin Natividad by TKO (punches). Round 1, 0:50
Rodrigo Vargas def. Rongzhu by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
Jeff Molina def. Aoriqileng by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Ariane Carnelossi def. Na Liang by TKO (punches). Round 2, 1:28