Less than one year after the UFC’s first show of the COVID-19 era, Dana White announced that the company will be returning to Jacksonville, Florida with a full-attendance show for UFC 261.
In an announcement on Twitter, White said that the UFC would be holding a star-studded event on April 24 in front of a full-capacity crowd at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville.
“I have been waiting a year for this day to tell you: We are back,” White said. “And you know I’m bringing an incredible card.”
Adding onto a card that already included a highly-anticipated women’s strawweight title fight between Zhang Weili and Rose Namajunas, White confirmed that two other championship bouts would be joining the card, as well.
In another massive women’s title fight, UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will defend her belt against Jessica Andrade in the night’s co-main event.
Then, topping off an action-packed UFC 261, UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman will return to the Octagon to defend his title against Jorge Masvidal for the second time in the span of less than nine months.
“Three title fights, 15,000 fans, and I just want to say thank you, Jacksonville,” White said. “I love you guys and we will see you soon.”
The card will be the UFC’s first in front of a full-capacity crowd since March 14, 2020.
The UFC’s first card during the pandemic also took place in Jacksonville, with UFC 249 on May 14, 2020.