UFC 261 Main Card Betting Odds, Predictions & Picks (April 24, 2021)
The best UFC betting sites favor Kamaru Usman, Valentina Shevchenko and Weili Zhang in their respective fights in the main card of UFC 261. UFC 261: Usman vs. Masvidal 2 is an upcoming MMA event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It will take place on April 24, 2021 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, United States.
Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal Fight Analysis
Kamaru Usman (-435) is the favorite at the best online sportsbooks. Usman lost his second professional fight but has won 17 in a row since then. He won the title in 2019 from Tyron Woodley. He is now making his fourth championship defense.
Usman has an18-1 record. Nine of Usman’s wins have come by stoppage. Eight have been knockouts and one a submission. His single loss was a submission. The Nigerian Nightmare has remarkable wrestling.
He averages 3.22 takedowns per 15 minutes. If the champeen doesn’t get the takedown on his try, he will often force a clinch against the cage. He then wears on his opponents with body hits, foot stomps and shoulder pressure.
Improving their game after grabbing the brass ring is a sign of a great champ. That is what we are seeing with Usman. His striking, in particulaar his powerfully accurate jab, has improved by leaps and bounds with coach Trevor Whitman.
Usman’s last three fights were Colby Covington (won by knockout), Jorge Masvidal (won by unanimous decision) and Gilbert Burns (won by knockout).
Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal Pick: Kamaru Usman by decision
Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal Betting Odds
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Andrade
Valentina Shevchenko is favored by the best betting sites. Since the promotion opened the women’s flyweight division, Shevchenko has been a force to be reckoned with. She started her UFC career at bantamweight.
Also she went 3-2 with her two losses being close decisions to Amanda Nunes. She has a 6-0 record at flyweight. Bullet has a 20-3 record. 13 of her 20 wins have been stoppages (six KOs, seven submissions).
She was stopped one time by knockout by Liz Carmouche in 2010. She avenged that loss in her second title defense. Shevchenko is arguably the most well-rounded women’s MMA fighter ever. Valentina has an remarkable fight IQ as well as a killer instinct.
She can win the fight standing up or in a wrestling battle. Shevchenko usually plants her feet and slowly inches into range. She reads her opponents’ movements. Also she counters when they move forward, sticking to straight punches or kicks at long range.
Bullet averages 2.21 takedowns per 15 minutes. Shevchenko’s last three bouts were Liz Carmouche (won by unanimous decision), Katlyn Chookagian (won by knockout) and Jennifer Maia (won by unanimous decision).
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Andrade Pick: Valentina Shevchenko (-410) by knockout
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Andrade Betting Odds
Zhang Weili vs. Rose Namajunas
Weili is the fave at the best betting sites. She has risen fast, the champion. She made her promotional debut less than three years ago. This is her second title defense, but it’s just her sixth bout in the UFC.
She has a 21-1 record. 17 of those wins have been stoppages (10 KOs, seven submissions). Her single loss was a controversial decision in her professional debut in 2013. Magnum has very good top control when she gets a takedown.
Even though she only succeeds on 23% of her attempts, she averages 1.26 takedowns per 15 minutes. Weili prefers to fight on her feet. She averages 6.38 significant strikes per minute. She absorbs 4.43.
Her hands are powerful. She walks forward. When she gets in the pocket, she stands her ground and tosses straight, strong pitches. Weili’s last three matches were Tecia Torres (won by unanimous decision), Jessica Andrade (won by knockout) and Joanna Jedrzejczyk (won by split decision).
Zhang Weili vs. Rose Namajunas Pick: Rose Namajunas (+160) by decision.
Zhang Weili vs. Rose Namajunas Betting Odds