The MMA Vivisection – UFC 261: Usman vs. Masvidal picks, odds, & analysis

The UFC returns with a stacked PPV main card this week, including three title fights. Kamaru Usman looks to leave no doubt in his…

By: Zane Simon | 2 years ago
The MMA Vivisection – UFC 261: Usman vs. Masvidal picks, odds, & analysis
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The UFC returns with a stacked PPV main card this week, including three title fights. Kamaru Usman looks to leave no doubt in his win over Jorge Masvidal, giving ‘Gamebred’ a rematch of their 2020 contest in the main event. In the co-main, Weili Zhang makes the second defense of her Strawweight belt, against former champion Rose Namajunas. Alongside those title fights, Valentina Shevchenko takes on what looks to be the most dangerous contender of her flyweight title reign, tackling powerhouse former strawweight champ Jessica Andrade.

For a deeper dive into the undercard, check out our Prelims Vivi below.

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Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal – At 2:57, Odds 25:25, Picks – Both: Usman
Zhang Weili vs. Rose Namajunas – At 25:46, Odds 47:52, Picks – Both: Weili
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Andrade – At 48:18, Odds 1:02:12, Picks – Zane: Shevchenko, Connor: Andrade
Uriah Hall vs. Chris Weidman – At 1:02:43, Odds 1:15:12, Picks – Zane: Hall, Connor: Weidman
Anthony Smith vs. Jimmy Crute – At 1:15:25, Odds 1:20:53, Picks – Both: Crute

Alex Oliveira vs. Randy Brown – At 2:37, Odds 13:24, Picks – Zane: Brown, Connor: Oliveira
Dwight Grant vs. Stefan Sekulic – At 14:35, Odds 19:40, Picks – Both: Grant
Karl Roberson vs. Brendan Allen – At 20:49, Odds 27:35, Picks – Zane: Roberson, Connor: Allen
Pat Sabatini vs. Tristan Connelly – At 28:23, Odds 34:18, Picks – Both: Sabatini

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Danaa Batgerel vs. Kevin Natividad – At 34:44, Odds Skipped-Sorry, Picks – Both: Batgerel
Kazula Vargas vs. Rong Zhu – At 43:16, Odds 55:29, Picks – Both: Zhu
Qileng Aori vs. Jeffrey Molina – At 56:36, Odds 1:03:09, Picks – Both: Aori
Na Liang vs. Ariane Carnelossi – At 1:04:13, Odds 1:08:25, Picks – Both: Carnelossi

For those of you following the picks made on the show, we started tracking them with the July 13th, 2020 Vivisections for ‘Kattar vs. Ige’… Standings for our last event, UFC Vegas 24: Both Zane & Connor went 6 out of the 10 bouts we were left with.
So far, here are the overall standings:
Zane is now 254/396 and Connor is now 241/396

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Zane Simon
Zane Simon

Zane Simon is a senior editor, writer, and podcaster for Bloody Elbow. He has worked with the website since 2013, taking on a wide variety of roles. A lifelong combat sports fan, Zane has trained off & on in both boxing and Muay Thai. He currently hosts the long-running MMA Vivisection podcast, which he took over from Nate Wilcox & Dallas Winston in 2015, as well as the 6th Round podcast, started in 2014. Zane is also responsible for developing and maintaining the ‘List of current UFC fighters’ on Bloody Elbow, a resource he originally developed for Wikipedia in 2010.

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