The UFC 251 principal occasion has been derailed by the coronavirus, as Gilbert Burns has examined optimistic for COVID-19 and is out of his bout with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

A number of folks near the scenario knowledgeable MMA Junkie on Friday night time that Burns (18-Three MMA, 12-Three UFC) has been pulled from his combat with Usman (16-1 MMA, 11-Zero UFC), which takes place subsequent week in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The combat is anticipated to be rescheduled at a later date. The folks requested anonymity as a result of the UFC has but to make an official announcement.

Burns traveled from Florida, the place he educated for UFC 251, to Las Vegas. The promotion is utilizing the town as a hub to ship athletes abroad to Abu Dhabi, testing them for COVID-19 earlier than flying out to the Center East. Burns’ check consequence got here again optimistic, in addition to his brother and cornerman, Herbert Burns, and coach Greg Jones.

All three males didn’t board the constitution flight departing Las Vegas. Usman additionally didn’t board the airplane.

Information of Burns’ optimistic COVID-19 check comes on the heels of his Sanford MMA teammate, Aung La N Sang, revealing he’d lately examined optimistic.

Many thought Usman would combat Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251, however when Masvidal’s contract negotiations went bitter, Burns, who has already picked up wins over Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley this 12 months, accepted a suggestion.

Two different title fights are scheduled for UFC 251: Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski’s rematch with former champ Max Holloway and the battle for the vacant bantamweight belt between Jose Aldo and Petr Yan.