UFC 261 expert picks: Can Masvidal change the equation in rematch against Usman?

  • MMA columnist for ESPN.com
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  • Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal will meet for the second time in just nine months on Saturday in the main event of UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Of course, even though this is their second meeting in a short amount of time, the circumstances of the fight are drastically different. Usman (18-1) defeated Masvidal (35-14) via unanimous decision at UFC 251 last July, but Masvidal accepted the fight on six days’ notice after Usman’s original opponent, Gilbert Burns, was pulled from the event. After Usman’s last victory, the champ called out Masvidal hoping that this time, he could “break him” as he was unsatisfied with a decision win.

Will a full camp (for both fighters) result in a much different fight? ESPN asked several experts for their breakdowns and predictions.

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