Together with the newest UFC 251 first occasion now mainly being rid of paper, the two fighters will experience COVID-19 testing in vegas and instantly enter quarantine when awaiting the outcomes. If Usman and Masvidal both examine negative, then they’ll be en route to Abu Dhabi whenever you can out there.
The inaugural Fight Island saw its first headliner drop apart Saturday when high competition Gilbert Burns pulled from a shot Usman’s name after testing positive for COVID-19. Masvidal, the BMF winner, was the competitor UFC initially targeted at Usman before discussions went Masvidal started a public demonstration over fighter cover.
Masvidal (35-13) spent July 4th holiday getting the first of that, which could be numerous coronavirus evaluations while hastening the struggle, per photographs published on social websites by his supervisor, Malki Kawa. The 35-year-old brawler climbed from journeyman standing in 2019 using a trio of stoppage successes that brought him worldwide fame and Fighter of the Year honors.
One of the significant challenges facing the projected fight would be the logistics of the way the fighters could safely arrive at the United Arab Emirates amid quarantine protocols within this last-minute situation. Usman (16-1) didn’t board a brand new UFC flight that carried fighters, coaches, promotional, and media staff on hearing the news of Burns (19-3) yanking out.
The card also comes with an empty bantamweight title conflicts between Petr Yan and prior featherweight king Jose Aldo.
Usman-Masvidal was the struggle that initially made the most sense for its branch and also the one lovers most favored. Additionally, it supplies a possible stunning contrast in styles using the volatile striking of Masvidal from the suffocating wrestling of Usman.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) July 4, 2020
Masvidal initially claimed he was provided half what he made last November in beating Nate Diaz and flipped down the fight. Reports surfaced after his social networking outburst that he was subsequently offered the Usman struggle again in the entire handbag he made from Diaz and flipped down it another time.
The red-hot Burns managed to jump Leon Edwards from the ranks and accepted thanks, in large part, to his six-fight win series and current successes within Demian Maia and prior winner Tyron Woodley. Burns also obtained criticism openly from Masvidal and Diaz, who accused him of only getting the struggle since he was ready to make brief money.