UFC 261, held Saturday night through Sunday in Jacksonville, Florida, brought us one shift on the throne and two title defenses for the current champions. Kamaru Usman (19-1) knocked out Jorge Masvidal (35-14) in the second round and reached the most impressive victory in his career in the second round!
The current UFC welterweight champion first won the inaugural ore in which he hit clean several times but knocked his challenger to the ground, and then knocked out Gamebred with an incredibly powerful and precise direct for a new big celebration in the famous Octagon!
On this occasion, Usman recorded his fourth consecutive belt defense and his 18th victory in a row. For Masvidal, on the other hand, this is only the second in 50 fights in which someone stopped him with punches. Rodrigo Damm is responsible for his first defeat of that type (in 2008).
Rose Namajunas (10-4) returned to the top of the strawweight category in a brutal way. The 28-year-old American knocked out Weili Zhang with a left high kick and with a few accompanying blows after about a minute of the fight, and took the belt and the throne from the Chinese!
For 'Thug' Rose this was the second victory in a row, ie the fifth in the last six appearances, while Zhang suffered the second defeat in his career and the first after the 21st consecutive triumph.
Shevchenko vs Andrade
Valentina Shevchenko (21-3) showed once again why she is one of the best who has ever played this sport.
The UFC flyweight champion completely dominated Jessica Andrade (21-9) and with a break in the second round entered her fifth consecutive title defense. 'Bullet' knocked down the former queen of the strawweight category whenever she wanted, it seemed too simple at times, and after a convincing first round, the fight continued in the same tone in the second.
The end of the fight happened when Valentina won the crucifix position and bled her challenger with numerous blows. The number of elbows was getting bigger and bigger and at one point the referee decided that fight must be stopped.
A terrible injury marked the match in which Uriah Hall defeated Chris Weidman. This fight lasted only 17 seconds, that is, until the moment when the former champion fired a low kick that Hall blocked and thus broke his opponent's leg.
The victory was also recorded by Anthony Smith, who injured the leg of his rival Jimmy Crute in the first round. The young Australian tried to get out, he managed to register a demolition after the injury, but in the break between the first and second round it was clear that his leg was not functional and the fight, despite his desire to continue, was stopped.