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The night has finally come. Three title fights. 15,000 fans in attendance. UFC 261 is going down now! That means it’s time for our UFC 261 Staff Picks!

Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal will meet in the octagon for a second time for Usman’s welterweight title in the main event. Weili Zhang and Rose Namajunas will fight in the co-main event for Zhang’s strawweight title. Valentina Shevchenko and Jessica Andrade will fight for Shevchenko’s flyweight title in the first title fight of the night.

Chris Weidman and Uriah Hall will finally duel it out in the octagon after their first fight fell through in February. Anthony Smith and Jimmy Crute will kick off the main card with some fantastic light heavyweight action. This is a card you do not want to miss!

Without further ado, let’s get on to our UFC 261 Staff Picks.

UFC 261 Staff Picks

Usman
vs
Masvidal
Zhang
vs
Namajunas
Shevchenko
vs
Andrade
Weidman
vs
Hall
Smith
vs
Crute
Jake Broderick
(@jakebroderick98)
2021 Record: 30-13
UsmanZhangShevchenkoHallCrute
Jude Briosos
(@Jude_Briosos)
2021 Record: 32-15
UsmanZhangShevchenkoHallSmith
Dominic Sallee
(@dsallee14)
2021 Record: 35-17
UsmanNamajunasShevchenkoHallSmith
Carter Bergez
(@carterbergezMMA)
2021 Record: 12-6
UsmanZhangShevchenkoHallCrute
Haiden Broomfield
(@hbroomfieldnews)
2021 Record: 6-3
UsmanNamajunasShevchenkoHallCrute
Ruaraidh Gilmour
(@Ruaraidh0)
2021 Record: 33-19
UsmanZhangShevchenkoWeidmanCrute
Leo Johnson
(@LeoJJohnson20)
2021 Record: 33-19
UsmanZhangShevchenkoWeidmanCrute
Ryan Truland
(@RyanTruland)
2021 Record: 27-16
UsmanZhangShevchenkoHallSmith
Lewis Simpson
(@LewisSimpsonMMA)
2021 Record: 31-21
UsmanZhangShevchenkoHallCrute
Jeff Swartz
(@Jefflswartz2)
2021 Record: 30-22
UsmanNamajunasShevchenkoHallSmith
Dion Williams
(@dionwills16)
2021 Record: 30-22
UsmanZhangShevchenkoHallCrute
Ryan Caddick
(@rhinocad1166)
2021 Record: 19-14
MasvidalZhangShevchenkoHallCrute
Cooper Burke
(@Cooper_burke9)
2021 Record: 13-10
UsmanZhangShevchenkoHallCrute
Danny Podolsky
(@PodolskyDanny)
2021 Record: 24-19
UsmanZhangAndradeWeidmanCrute
Jake Foley
(@JFoMMATalk)
2021 Record: 5-4
UsmanZhangShevchenkoWeidmanSmith
Kevin Varghese
(@randomkevin24)
2021 Record: 22-20
MasvidalZhangShevchenkoWeidmanCrute
Makoa Goble
(@MmaMakoa)
2021 Record: 27-25
UsmanZhangShevchenkoWeidmanCrute
James Rees
(@JamesRees83)
2021 Record: 27-25
MasvidalZhangShevchenkoWeidmanCrute
Julian Murray
(@JcMurray720MMA)
2021 Record: 23-29
UsmanNamajunasShevchenkoHallCrute

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Jeff Swartz is a combat sports writer and editor for Overtimeheroics.net. With a focus on the UFC, Jeff also covers other major combat sports promotions like Bellator, ONE, World Lethwei Championship, Sparta Sports & Entertainment, and much more!