UFC 261 – Usman vs Masvidal 2 LIVE RESULTS: Weidman leg break latest, Usman WINS by brutal KO, Namajunas dominates

UFC 261 – Usman vs Masvidal 2 LIVE RESULTS: Weidman leg break latest, Usman WINS by brutal KO, Namajunas dominates

04/25/2021

KAMARU USMAN scored a brutal KO victory over Jorge Masvidal to retain his UFC crown.

In one of the most eventful cards in modern history, UFC 261 proved to be a terrific night of entertainment with some huge performances from Usman, Rose Namajunas and Valentina Shevchenko.

  • Kamaru Usman BEAT Jorge Masvidal (2nd round TKO)
  • Rose Namajunas BEAT Weili Zhang (1st round TKO)
  • Valentina Shevchenko BEAT Jessica Andrade (2nd round TKO)
  • Uriah Hall BEAT Chris Weidman (1st round TKO)
  • Anthony Smith BEAT Jimmy Crute (1st round TKO)

Follow ALL of the latest fight updates and reaction below…

  • Kostas Lianos

    CONOR ON WEIDMAN

    UFC legend Conor McGregor wished Chris Weidman a speedy recovery following his shocking injury at UFC 261.

    Weidman took on Uriah Hall in the Octagon and snapped his leg throwing a kick at his opponent, just like Anderson Silva did nearly eight years ago when he faced the American.

    The fight was immediately stopped 17 seconds in and the 36-year-old was stretchered out of the arena.

    McGregor watched the incident and sent his best wishes to Weidman via Twitter:

  • Kostas Lianos

    PAUL SPEAKS OUT

    Jake Paul opened up about his heated confrontation with UFC legend Daniel Cormier at UFC 261.

    Paul said on Instagram: “Cormier comes up to me, starts chirping. I’m sitting here enjoying myself with AB.

    “This guy goes, ‘Keep my name out your mouth. Keep my name out your mouth.’

    "I said, ‘Wait a minute, Daniel. You’re putting my name in your mouth first. You put my name in your mouth first. You talked about me on your little commentator podcast with Ariel. So don’t come over here talking about how I talked about you.’

    "I said, ‘Let’s sign the contract. Let’s run a fight. I’m not scared of you, DC. You’re short.’ I’m looking at this guy like he’s short.

    “Everyone’s chanting ‘f*ck Jake Paul.’ They’re feeding into this sh*t. I love it”

  • Kostas Lianos

    MAS-IVE RESPECT

    Jorge Masvidal praised UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman after his successful title defence.

    Masvidal said during his in-cage interview: “It’s the first time in my career [that I’ve been slept], and it’s in front of all my people, my family, my friends, so it hurts.

    “I’ve never been knocked out [cold] in 50 pro fights. Usman showed me something that he didn’t show the first fight.

    "I didn’t feel his power, and that’s what happens when you get overconfident, man”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    ICE COLB RESPONSE

    Colby Covington, who is the next in line for aUFC welterweight title shot, slammed Kamaru Usman as he claimed the titleholder shouldn't be "praising himself" for beating Jorge Masvidal, whom he described as a "journeyman".

    Covington said on the ESPN post-fight show: “It took eight minutes longer than I would finish Jorge Masvidal in every time we trained.

    “That guy is a journeyman. What’s he got: 15, 20 losses on his record? You shouldn’t be happy or praising yourself for beating a journeyman like that.

    "There’s a reason he’s a backstabber. He’s a street Judas. He’s a bum. If I lost the next 12 fights in a row, I’d still have a better record than journeyman Masvidal”

  • Kostas Lianos

    NOTHING BORING

    UFC President Dana White praised welterweight champion Kamaru Usman after his impressive victory over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 and slammed his critics that call him "boring".

    White told MMA Junkie: “These people talk about him being boring.

    “You’re an idiot. You’re an idiot if you think this guy is boring. He hasn’t been in a boring fight in a while.

    "He changed after he gave that whole, ‘I only gave 30 percent tonight thing.’

    "He’s been a different human being ever since the [Rafael dos Anjos] fight”

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    MAC DOWN FOR USMAN BOUT

    Conor McGregor wants to fight UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

    The 32-year-old Irishman, who is set to fight Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 

    Taking to Twitter, McGregor wrote: "Usman even copying my shots now. Am I to fight this guy at some stage?

    "I think so. Can’t be copying my words and my shots and not get a smack for it. I like 170 [the welterweight division]. It’s mine soon.

    "I’m a block at 170 guys. Give me till end of year at this 155 weight. I’ll get the strap [lightweight belt] and then I’ll go up again."

    McGregor's comments are a little bit surprising considering his modest 2-1 welterweight record, famously losing his debut to Nate Diaz in 2016.

    Although the former lightweight and featherweight champ went on to avenge the defeat five months later – beating Diaz by a majority decision – he's picked up just two UFC wins since that rematch.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SILVA MESSAGE OF HOPE TO WEIDMAN

    UFC legend Anderson Silva put out a touching message of support and hope to ex-middleweight king Chris Weidman after his shocking leg break.

    Weidman crumpled in agony during his UFC 261 clash with Uriah Hall.

    And Silva offered "light, love and knowledge" to the New Yorker, 36, during his recovery – whilst also urging fans to show the 36-year-old "respect".

  • William Pugh

    CON ARTIST

    Conor McGregor has dismissed Jake Paul as a 'blogger jackass' after the YouTuber insisted he would destroy 'fat' legend Daniel Cormier.

    Ex-heavyweight Cormier, 42, clashed furiously with Paul, 24, when the YouTuber gatecrashed UFC 261.

    Now Irish superstar McGregor has scoffed at the fighting credentials of Paul, who has won all three of his pro boxing bouts.

    Former featherweight and lightweight king McGregor, 32, posted: "UFC high level fighting > Blogger jackass boxing."

    Fans at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville chanted "F*** Jake Paul" after spotting him at UFC 261.

    And McGregor might have had one eye on that reaction when he also tweeted: "The crowd has me salivating like a dog."

  • William Pugh

    COCK & PAUL STORY

    UFC chief Dana White has laughed off Jake Paul's claims his fight with Ben Askren sold 1.5million pay-per-views.

    The Youtube star said his win over the MMA fighter earned him a whopping £54m just from the PPV service. Paul then gloated about his wealth by posing on his lawn flashing a load of banknotes.

    But White has slammed Paul, saying he is 'full of s***' while branding the whole thing a 'f****** circus.'

    At a press conference, he said: "He knocked down an NBA guy that was 40-years-old and 30lbs less than him. I don't even know what to say about Askren… the whole thing is f****** mind-boggling to me. Grab that money while you can, kid.

    "There is a market for that, that's not what I do. The numbers that you're hearing that they did are full of s***. They didn't pull those kind of numbers at all. Not even f close. I don't believe anything they say, it's a f circus. None of that is real.

    "You think any of the s*** that goes on over there is real? Come on, man. I'm trying to build a real sport here. That's a freakshow."

  • William Pugh

    ROSE & CROWN

    Rose Namajunas is once again the UFC’s women’s strawweight champion following a stunning first-round knockout of Weili Zhang.

    Fan favourite Namajunas challenged Magnum for the belt she lost in May 2019 in the early hours of the morning in the co-main event of UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida.

    Thug went into her fourth UFC title fight supremely confident of regaining the 115lb.

    And that confidence proved to be well placed as she produced a stunning head kick to flatline Magnum. Namajunas came out light on her feet and looked to establish her range with a piston-like jab.

    Zhang returned fire with a few heavy leg kicks and aggressively looked to close the distance. Namajunas, however, remained calm in the eye of the storm and landed a beautiful left question mark kick that felled China's first UFC champion.

    Thug Rose didn't waste the opportunity to close the show, unleashing a flurry of hammer fists that prompted referee Keith Peterson to call a halt to proceedings.

  • William Pugh

    BEST OF US

    Kamaru Usman is 'on the way to being the GOAT', claims UFC president Dana White.

    The Nigerian Nightmare, 33, stunned Jorge Masvidal on Saturday night to extend his winning run in the franchise to 14.

    He produced one of the knockouts of the century in the second round on his way to defending the world lightweight belt.

    White was full of praise for the 19-1 champ – and believes he is en route to becoming the greatest MMA fighter of all time despite some unpopularity surrounding him.

    He told MMA Junkie: "I think we can all agree. No matter how you feel, the guy is getting booed in there tonight, (but) he’s one of the best ever.

    "He’s on his way to probably being the greatest of all time. I mean, the guy is an absolute stud. He looks better every time he comes out."

  • William Pugh

    CRUTE-L BLOW

    Warning – this isn't for the faint-hearted.

    Australian Jimmy Crute lost control of his leg during last night's UFC 261 fight after a brutal kick from American Anthony Smith, ending the contest.

    In the opening round of the light-heavyweight fight, Smith kicks Crute just below his left knee. The challenge seemed innocuous – as if the 25-year-old didn't even feel it – but the severity of the injury soon came apparent.

    Crute's leg gave way with his next step and he fell to the ground, all but conceding the win to his 32-year-old rival. He tried to recover by rugby tackling Smith and repeatedly punching him in the head, but it was obvious the fight was over.

    The limping Australian tried to show he could still scrap, but the doctor could tell he was in no fit state to continue.

    Smith was awarded the win and now boasts a 35-16 MMA record, while Crute's curriculum vitae reads 12-2.

  • William Pugh

    MAC WITH A VENGEANCE

    Conor McGregor is hungrier than ever ahead of his return to the octagon.

    The Notorious is less than three months away from a blockbuster trilogy fight with former featherweight rival Dustin Poirier, whom he'll meet in the main event of UFC 264 in Las Vegas.

    McGregor suffered a brutal second-round KO defeat to Poirier in their January rematch at UFC 257.

    And defeat to The Diamond has lit a fire under the former two-division UFC champion.

    In response to a fan's tweet praising his work ethic, McGregor wrote: "Thank you Sir, I absolutely love it! I’m as hungry as I’ve ever been! If not even more hungry!!

    "Honoured to be in the position to entertain my fans! I do not take it for granted! July 10th is ours!"

  • William Pugh

    CRASH AND BURN

    Ex-UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier threatened to 'slap' Jake Paul after the YouTuber gatecrashed UFC 261.

    Fans in attendance at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida broke into a chant of 'f*** Jake Paul' after the social media star was spotted in the crowd during the final prelim fight between Randy Brown and Alex Oliveira.

    And that set off the normally calm and jovial Cormier, who the YouTuber targetted after his brutal KO victory over Ben Askren last weekend. An irate Cormier said: "I swear to god, I just saw Jake Paul.

    "I pointed at him, I said, ‘Don’t play with me.’ Because I’ll slap him in the face. I don’t play those games, Joe."

    A fired-up Cormier confronted the outspoken Disney star and wagged his finger in his face between fights. Despite the heated confrontation and threatening to 'slap' Paul, Cormier has refused to entertain the prospect of fighting the 24-year-old.

    During the latest episode of the DC & Helwani Show, he said: "This dude would never fight me. I would kill him. Why would I ever fight someone like that?”

  • William Pugh

    SLOW MO MY GOODNESS!

    We have to agree with Joe Rogan who put it perfectly when he watched back this slow-mo footage of Kamaru Usman's brutal knockout of Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 overnight.

    The UFC and podcasting icon said: "It really does not get any cleaner than this."

    Amen Joe.

  • William Pugh

    JOE MY GOD!

    Joe Rogan's reaction to Kamaru Usman savagely knocking out Jorge Masvidal was something to behold.

    The iconic podcaster was sat octagon-side commentating on the clash and cameras caught him just as the devastating blow was struck.

  • William Pugh

    KAM'S KO – ICYMI

    Kamaru Usman knocked out Jorge Masvidal in devastating fashion overnight.

    And it's well worth a watch if you haven't seen it already.

    Hell, it's well worth a watch even if you have seen it already.

    What a punch.

  • William Pugh

    IN THE NICK OF TIME

    Nick Diaz is set to return to the UFC.

    Diaz, 37, is brother of UFC icon Nate and has not fought for five years.

    And after appearing hesitant to entertain the veteran's request to return at the end of last year, UFC chief Dana White appears to have done a u-turn.

    Speaking at UFC 261, White said: "Nick wants to fight." And asked if he was going to give him a fight, White replied: "Sure."

    He refused to name an opponent or a date but confirmed he was going to begin talks with the American.

  • William Pugh

    DADDY'S GIRL

    Kamaru Usman was seen sharing a tender octagon-side moment with his young daughter after his stunning win over Jorge Masvidal.

    The Nigerian hugged young Samirah in his arms inside the cage before the pair walked out the cage hand in hand as the crowd looked on.

  • William Pugh

    DAD'S MY BOY

    Kamaru Usman's dad Muhammed watched his son fight live in the UFC for the first time in his life overnight.

    Usman Sr served 10 years of a 15-year prison sentence at a Federal Correctional Institution in Seagoville, Texas and was only released last February.

    After pleading not guilty, in 2010 he was found guilty by a jury of healthcare fraud, conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, aiding and abetting and money laundering.

    But having been released he was finally able to watch his son in person in the UFC as he knocked Jorge Masvidal out cold in Florida.

    The majority of fans inside the arena were Masvidal supporters who booed Usman as he made his way to the octagon.

    But it all looked worth it for Usman Sr afterwards as his victorious son wrapped the winner's belt around his waist after the victory.

  • William Pugh

    RUNNING IT BACK

    Israel Adesanya will defend his middleweight title in a rematch against the in-form Marvin Vettori.

    The Last Stylebender's second clash with the Italian will serve as the main event of UFC 263 on June 12. Adesanya and Vettori, 31 and 27 respectively, met one another three years ago when they were rising 185lb prospects.

    Nigerian-born Kiwi Adesanya – who failed to become a two-division champion in his last outing against Jan Blachowicz – got the better of The Italian Dream, defeating him via split decision.

    Defeat to the brash champion has eaten away at Kings MMA's Vettori for years.

    But he'll soon have the opportunity to exact revenge on the fan favourite, who has ribbed him on social media and in interviews ever since their clash.

    Vettori earned his shot at redemption earlier this month with a unanimous decision victory over Kevin Holland.

  • William Pugh

    KAR BLIMEY

    New Zealand flyweight Kai Kara France joined millions of fight fans around the world in lauding UFC after a stunning UFC 261 show.

    Kamaru Usman knocked out Jorge Masvidal in the main event and France summed up what most of the audience were thinking.

  • William Pugh

    'YOU'RE WELCOME'

    Kamaru Usman signed out in style after his devastating stoppage of Jorge Masvidal.

    The Nigerian Nightmare is still undisputed welterweight world champ and he was quick to remind fans he gave them what they wanted.

  • Chisanga Malata

    LEON EDWARDS CALLS OUT THE CHAMP

    Brit Leon Edwards clearly isn't afraid of Kamaru Usman following The Nigerian Nightmare's stunning stoppage of Jorge Masvidal.

    In fact, in-form Edwards has called of Africa's first UFC champion.

  • Chisanga Malata

    BREATHTAKING SHOTS

    Just take a look at these epic shots of Kamaru Usman's stoppage of Jorge Masvidal.

    The Nigerian Nightmare well and truly made a statement in his finish of Gamebred.

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