For the first time in over 13 months, the UFC is putting on a show with a SOLD-OUT CROWD! UFC 261 has three title fights on the card, headlined by the rematch of the Fight Island bout between welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and BMF champion Jorge Masvidal.
The co-main event sees Valentina Shevchenko defending her women’s flyweight strap vs former strawweight champ Jessica Andrade, while Rose Namajunas looks to reclaim her strawweight belt against Zhang Weili in the third title fight.
Looking at UFC 261 odds, all three current champions are favored. In the UFC 261 main event odds, Usman is a larger favorite than he was when he fought Masvidal at UFC 251 last July. We have the full UFC 261 odds and predictions as well as a preview for each fight on the main card below.
After earning a unanimous-decision victory over Masvidal last July, Usman had an impressive knockout win over Gilbert Burns at UFC 258 in February. He’s hopping back in the cage just over two months later – will he earn the same result?
It may be a surprise to see Masvidal getting another title shot, having not had another fight since his decision loss to Usman at UFC 251. He felt compromised by a considerable weight cut after getting the first title fight on just six days’ notice and believes a full camp will end with his hand raised.
UFC 261 Odds: Usman vs Masvidal 2
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has released UFC 261 odds with Kamaru Usman listed as the -375 chalk and Jorge Masvidal coming back as a +285 underdog. This means you would have to wager $375 to profit $100 on an Usman victory while a $100 bet on a Masvidal win would profit you $285.
Looking at the UFC 261 odds for Usman vs Masvidal, our sports betting calculator tells us that Usman’s odds of -375 represent an implied win probability of 78.95 percent while Masvidal’s odds of +285 have an implied win probability of 25.97 percent.
The largest favorite in the UFC 261 odds is in the co-main event with champion Valentina Shevchenko favored at -500 over former strawweight champ Jessica Andrade, who is a +350 underdog.
The tightest UFC 261 betting odds are in the flyweight bout between Qileng Aori and Jeff Molina, set as a pick’em with both men holding -110 odds.
New to betting on the fights? Check out our How to Bet on the UFC guide to help you get in the action. Also, be sure to keep an eye on our UFC odds page for the latest up-to-date UFC 261 betting lines.
Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal Odds & Prediction
With Usman (-375) knocking out Burns in February, “The Nigerian Nightmare” is now on a 17-fight winning streak and is set for his fourth title defense. Masvidal (+285) had been on a three-fight winning streak, all stoppages, prior to his loss to Usman last July. This marks his first action since that defeat.
We get to see Zhang “Magnum” Weili (-210) for the first time since her fight of the year match with Joanna Jedrzejczyk last March in her first title defense. She looks to put on another performance against another former champion in Rose “Thug” Namajunas (+170), who returned to the win column last July, avenging her title loss to Jessica Andrade 14 months prior.
Valentina Shevchenko vs Jessica Andrade Odds & Prediction
Jessica “Bate Estaca” Andrade (+350) lost her women’s strawweight title bout to Zhang Weili in August 2019 and her subsequent fight against Rose Namajunas in July 2020 before jumping to flyweight and making an immediate impact in earning a title shot. This is the fifth title defense for Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko (-500) as she looks to extend a six-fight winning streak.
This is a rematch nearly 11 years in the making between two staples in the middleweight division. Chris “The All-American” Weidman (-130) earned a first-round knockout win over Uriah “Primetime” Hall (+110) on September 24, 2010, in Ring of Combat. Hall has won his last three fights, while Weidman won his last bout. The timing couldn’t be better for the second battle for these men.
Prediction: Chris Weidman (-130) via decision
Anthony Smith vs Jimmy Crute Odds & Prediction
The always-active Anthony “Lionheart” Smith (+170) is set to make his fourth walk to the Octagon in just under a year and with a win will even his record over that span. Meanwhile, Jimmy “The Brute” Crute (-210) rebounded from his first-round loss in September 2019 to pick up back-to-back first-round stoppages in 2020.