Gilbert Burns is not going to compete in the principle occasion of UFC 251, a supply confirmed to ESPN.
Burns had been set to face welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in a title struggle July 11 that was the headliner of the primary card at UFC’s Combat Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Burns, 33, appeared to reference his elimination from the struggle in a tweet early Saturday, writing “devastating information” and saying he’s “not feeling nicely however I’ll win this battle.”
💔 devastating information, not feeling nicely however I’ll win this battle! Keep secure on the market! A lot love 🙏🏾
— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) July 4, 2020
MMA Junkie first reported that Burns wouldn’t compete at UFC 251. UFC has but to verify his elimination from the struggle.
UFC’s constitution flight from Las Vegas to Abu Dhabi was scheduled to depart late Friday evening, sources stated, however neither Usman nor Burns was on the flight. Neither was seen on the airport as nicely, sources stated.
Each Jorge Masvidal and former title challenger Colby Covington took to Twitter late Friday evening to marketing campaign for the struggle, however there is no such thing as a phrase on what UFC will do with Usman now.
Masvidal’s supervisor, Abraham Kawa, stated his fighter is “completely prepared” to take this bout on every week’s discover. Sources stated there have not been any talks with Covington’s staff.
Burns’ staff, sources stated, is hopeful the struggle will probably be rescheduled.
The UFC 251 card features a featherweight title rematch between Alex Volkanovski and Max Holloway and Petr Yan taking over Jose Aldo for the vacant bantamweight championship. The Volkanovski vs. Holloway struggle is now anticipated to function the principle occasion.
“This was the actual predominant occasion,” Volkanovski informed ESPN. “Lots of people thought this was the principle occasion, so it is in its rightful place.”
Burns (19-3) has gained his previous six fights. Since March, he has picked up spectacular victories over former title contender Demian Maia and former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. These wins put him in a line for a title shot as soon as UFC couldn’t come to phrases with the unique No. 1 contender Masvidal.