Jorge Masvidal to Fight Kamaru Usman, Pending COVID-19 Testing
It's been a whirlwind couple of days for the UFC, but it's being reported that Jorge Masvidal has signed up to fight Kamaru Usman next Saturday.
The final hurdle is a COVID-19 test
The UFC was forced to scramble to find a replacement for the card’s headliner, when it was confirmed that Gilbert Burns has tested positive for COVID-19. After that, word came that the UFC was trying to move Masvidal into the main event bout.
It’s been a crazy time for Masvidal, as the plan was to have him fight Usman next all along. But, ‘Gamebred’ wasn’t happy with the UFC’s initial offer and that led to public battle with the promotion over his contract and fighter pay.
Updated UFC 251 line-up
Provided all goes well with Masvidal’s testing, here is the revised line-up for UFC 251, which will take place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Kamaru Usman* vs. Jorge Masvidal – for weltereight championship
Alexander Volkanovski* vs. Max Holloway – for featherweight title
Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo – for vacant bantamweight title
Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas
Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant
Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka
Muslim Salikhov vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Danny Henry
Roman Bogatov vs. Leonardo Santos
Alexander Romanov vs. Marcin Tybura
Raulian Paiva vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
Vanessa Melo vs. Karol Rosa
Martin Day vs. Davey Grant
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Line-up via MMA Junkie