UFC 251: Jorge Masvidal vs Usman ON as both fighters pass coronavirus tests and board private jets to Fight Island


JORGE MASVIDAL versus Kamaru Usman is ON for UFC 251 after both fighters passed coronavirus tests in the US.

The event in Abu Dhabi had seemingly lost its main event when Gilbert Burns tested positive for the virus and was ruled out.

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But Masvidal has jumped in to take his shot at the Nigerian Nightmare.

ESPN journalist Ariel Helwani has reported that both fighters have provided negative results for coronavirus in tests carried out in the US.

They are now set to fly out to Fight Island in Abu Dhabi by private jets.

There are still some hurdles to overcome before fight night however.

The pair will have to take another THREE tests for Covid-19 and then obviously weigh-in for the welterweight scrap.

Brazilian Burns tested positive for coronavirus in Las Vegas, where the UFC is testing some of its stars before sending them to Fight Island.

The 33-year-old welterweight’s two cornermen Herbert Burns and Greg Jones also tested positive with Usman also stopped from boarding his flight.

After receiving the news ruling him out of next Saturday’s event, Burns shared a message with his Twitter followers.

He wrote: “Devastating news, not feeling well but I’m going to win this battle! Stay safe out there! Much love.”

Burns was surprisingly handed a shot at champ Usman after UFC failed to come to terms with Masvidal and English star Leon Edwards.

But Masvidal has come to an agreement with UFC chief White to take his spot on the big stage out in the Middle East.



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