“I don’t think it’s getting any better,” UFC is thrilling the sold-out crowd in Jacksonville and planning to return

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An overcrowded crowd. Chants by Duval. More chants from the USA. Stars and celebrities everywhere. One night Jacksonville waited for was worth the wait.

And it’s just beginning.

Jacksonville was hosting the biggest martial arts night since 1996, and on Saturday night the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena hosted a sold-out crowd of possibly 15,269 for UFC 261.

Tim Tebow. Gardner Minshew. Tom Brady. Myles Jack. Megan Fox. Kelly machine gun. Even YouTuber Became Boxer Jake Paul made a cameo and wowed the crowd with repeated two-fingered greetings that added to a surreal atmosphere in the arena.

“I don’t think it’s going to be any better than tonight,” said UFC President Dana White.

Spectators watched a championship change hands with a headbutt from Rose Namajunas, ending a winning streak from Zhang Weili in 21 fights. They saw Chris Weidman’s leg take a grotesque hiatus just 17 seconds after his fight against Uriah Hall.

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And they saw the main event end with a fighter who is never incapacitated in the second round by welterweight world champion Kamaru Usman (Jorge Masvidal).

Fast. Angry. What a night.

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