Full Crowd at UFC 261: ‘Fanssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’

Full Crowd at UFC 261: ‘Fanssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’


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Dana White and company welcome fans back to UFC 261.

UFC 261 was the company’s first pay-per-view card to feature a full crowd since the pandemic hit last year. While it was considered somewhat of a controversial move when it was first announced earlier this year, the reaction from the UFC world was overwhelmingly positive when it came right down to it on fight day. Fans were finally packed into an arena for UFC fights again, and they were loud and happy about it.

You can bask in the raucous cheering below. Be sure to have the sound turned up. The UFC posted,” How sweet does that sound?”

UFC 261: Usman vs. Masvidal 2 featured a full crowd at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.

The main event featured a rematch between UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal. The blockbuster fight card also featured two other UFC title fights. UFC women’s strawweight champion Zhang Weili met former titleholder Rose Namajunas in the co-main event. Women’s flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko took on former 115-pound champ Jessica Andrade in the other title fight.

But the UFC world was hyped way before those champs took center stage, and it was all about the full crowd of spectators being there.

Indeed, there’s “nothing sweeter than the roar of the crowd”.

It’s even better coupled with a huge KO. UFC bantamweight Danaa Batgerel landed a huge shot against Kevin Natividad to score the victory during the prelim.

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UFC World Reacts to Fans at UFC 261

UFC featherweight Jared Gordon captured the moment perfectly. He posted, “Fanssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”.

UFC women’s bantamweight and featherweight champ Amanda Nunes posted, “It’s so exciting to see the crowd back…”.

UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski posted, “How good is this!!”

UFC flyweight Kai Kara France agreed. He posted, “How good is it to hear a crowd again!”

UFC bantamweight Marlon Vera said it was “great so have the crowd back”.

UFC bantamweight Brian Kelleher posted, “Surreal to hear a crowd roar right now”.

He also posted, “Fights are so much better with fans man…”.

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More Reactions to Fans Being Back

Former UFC women’s flyweight Rachael Ostovich posted, “I’m so happy @ufc holding an event with fans!! Y’all scared, stay home. Lmao Wish I was there!!!”.

UFC strawweight contender Amanda Ribas said, “The fans are insane…”.

UFC women’s flyweight Tatiana Suarez posted, “Those fans are amped!”.

UFC welterweight Belal Muhammad noted his belief that the fans would have been loud for any kind of fight after being away for such a long time.

The welterweight contender referenced the first fight between heavyweights Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis at UFC 226 in 2018. That fight between two counterpunchers is commonly referenced as the benchmark for UFC boredom. Muhammad posted, “I feel like these fans would’ve even been cheering during the francis vs black beast 1”.

Regardless, Bryce Mitchell can’t wait to get back in front of fans. He posted, “This has me pumped I can’t wait to get back in there and twist sum 1 up in front of the fans “.

Chris Daukaus feels the same way. He posted, “Man I really can’t wait to fight in front of a crowd!”

Angela Hill posted, “Hearing the crowd is blowing my mind …”.

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