The main event of UFC 251 has been crushed by COVID-19, as Gilbert Burns has tested positive for COVID-19 and is out of his bout against Kamaru Usman.
Multiple sources close to the situation informed MMA Junkie on Friday night that Burns (18-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) has been pulled from his fight with Usman, which was scheduled to take place next week in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The fight is expected to be rescheduled for a later date. The sources requested anonymity because the UFC has yet to make an official announcement.
Burns traveled from Florida, where he trained for UFC 251, to Las Vegas. The promotion is using the city as a hub to send athletes overseas to Abu Dhabi, testing them for COVID-19 before flying out to the Middle East. Burns’ test result came back positive, as well as his brother and cornerman, Herbert Burns, and coach Greg Jones.
Burns and his cornermen did not go on the charter flight departing Las Vegas and Usman also didn’t get on the plane.