Gilbert Burns has been knocked out of the UFC 251 most important occasion towards welterweight champion Kamaru Usman after testing optimistic for COVID-19.

In accordance with a number of sources talking to MMA Combating on Friday, the Brazilian examined optimistic for the coronavirus as a part of the pre-fight protocols in place earlier than anyone travels to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi the place the occasion will probably be held on July 11. Burns was flanked by his brother Herbert Burns and his wrestling coach Greg Jones, who had been anticipated to be his cornermen for the struggle. The information was first reported by MMA Junkie.

Earlier this week, Burns’ teammate — ONE Championship gentle heavyweight and middleweight champion Aung La N Sang — revealed that he had additionally examined optimistic for COVID-19. An extra supply advised MMA Combating that at the least one different coach out of the Sanford MMA facility additionally examined optimistic for COVID-19 prior to now two weeks.

The entire fighters who’re competing on the UFC’s “Battle Island” exhibits in July are taking chartered flights to a number of totally different hubs all over the world earlier than ultimately touchdown in Abu Dhabi. Burns and his staff had been anticipated to fly out of Las Vegas however clearly with the check outcomes coming again optimistic on Friday, none of them had been on board.

With Burns out that leaves Usman in a precarious place with out an opponent and the struggle only one week away. It’s unknown right now if the UFC will even try and safe a alternative opponent given the stringent testing necessities for COVID-19 earlier than anybody can journey to Abu Dhabi.

UFC 251 does characteristic two further title fights with featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski dealing with off with Max Holloway and a brand new bantamweight champion being topped as Petr Yan takes on Jose Aldo.

After the information broke, Burns took to Twitter along with his response to being pulled from the UFC 251 most important occasion.