After news broke that Gilbert Burns was forced to drop out of the UFC 251 main event due to a positive coronavirus test, Masvidal’s manager told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he’s “absolutely willing” to step in on a week’s notice.
Usman is reportedly no longer scheduled to fly to Abu Dhabi as a result of the fight being called off, but it’s unclear whether a new opponent emerging could change those plans or if there’s time to fix the fight…
One of the UFC’s most prominent stars is coming off a win over Nate Diaz for the “BMF” belt. Masvidal had originally been slated to challenge Usman for the Welterweight Title but money was an issue and Jorge wouldn’t budge.
Masvidal wasn’t the only big name floating interest, as Colby Covington tweeted a picture of the first meeting between he and Usman in an apparent bid for the rematch.
UFC 251 is scheduled for July 11, will be held at the promotion’s new Fight Island facility on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. If there’s no miracle where the main event can be salvaged then there will be only 2 title fights. I’m predicting they will just reschedule a Burns vs Usman fight for September maybe to be held with Khabib and Gaethje but I wouldn’t be surprised if they scheduled it for October.