Alex Oliveira vs. Randy Brown, Several Other Matchups Confirmed for UFC 261

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 25, 2021

The UFC 261 card appears to be nearly complete, as the Las Vegas-based promotion confirmed multiple matchups for the April 24 card on Wednesday.

The lineup will include a rescheduled welterweight showdown between Alex Oliveira and Randy Brown, which was originally slated for UFC Fight Night 186 on Feb. 27 before Brown exited the card.

The following bouts, which may have been reported elsewhere, were also officially announced for UFC 261: Karl Roberson vs. Brendan Allen at middleweight; Danaa Batgerel vs. Kevin Natividad at bantamweight; Qileng Aori vs. Jeff Molina at bantamweight; Johnny Munoz Jr. vs. Jamey Simmons at bantamweight; Rodrigo Vargas vs. Zhu Rong at lightweight; Dwight Grant vs. Stefan Sekulic at welterweight and Na Liang vs. Ariane Carnelossi at strawweight.

UFC 261 takes place at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena and will allow fans to attend at full capacity at the Jacksonville, Fla., venue. In the main event, Kamaru Usman will defend his welterweight crown in a rematch against Jorge Masvidal. Meanwhile, Valentina Shevchenko will face Jessica Andrade in a flyweight title tilt, and Weili Zhang will square off against Rose Namajunas with strawweight gold on the line.

Oliveira last appeared at UFC 254, where he had a two-bout winning streak snapped in a first-round submission loss to Shavkat Rakhmonov this past October.

Brown also saw a two-fight winning streak come to an end in his most recent Octagon appearance, as he suffered a second-round KO loss against Vicente Luque at UFC Fight Night 173.

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