Jorge Masvidal set to struggle Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 as Dana White replaces Gilbert Burns for Combat Island showpiece

Kamaru Usman is ready to defend the UFC welterweight title in opposition to Jorge Masvidal in the principle occasion of UFC 251 subsequent Saturday evening on Combat Island.

Usman was set to struggle Gilbert Burns’ on the showpiece in Abu Dhabi, however the Brazilian examined optimistic for coronavirus and was subsequently faraway from the principle occasion.

Masvidal has been drafted in for Burns at UFC 251
Usman (left) is likely one of the greatest stars in UFC
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Nevertheless, in a dramatic flip of occasions, the UFC  have efficiently crafted an settlement to make one of many greatest fights attainable a actuality – regardless of being rebuffed by Masvidal repeatedly in the previous few months.

Though an settlement for the struggle has been made in precept, a number of hurdles nonetheless stay earlier than the 2 stars meet within the Octagon.

The fighters, who will journey to Las Vegas on a constitution airplane earlier than the bout, must move coronavirus assessments in america and once they arrive in Abu Dhabi.

They will even must move a 3rd check for COVID-19 after the scheduled weigh-ins on Friday.

If all of these obstacles are overcome, Masvidal get a shot a UFC title for the primary time.

Burns was scheduled to face Usman for the welterweight world title on July 11
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If all of these obstacles are overcome, Masvidal get a shot a UFC title for the primary time.

It marks a significant U-turn for the 25-year-old, who threatened to stroll out on the UFC after accusing them of underpaying him and different fighters.

Final month, he stated on Instagram Reside: “It’s about how a lot I’m going to obtain from the pay-per-view. How a lot of a share I would like from the pay-per-view.

“That’s one of many major issues that I’m combating about. I don’t really feel that lower is honest and I don’t agree with it.

“I like to struggle and I at all times get informed don’t say that. As a result of you understand why?

“They anticipate me to do it low-cost or rattling close to free. I like to compete within the sport that I do. However I’ve been doing it for a very long time.

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