“Battle Island” simply acquired its greatest blow as welterweight contender Gilbert Burns has examined optimistic for COVID-19 forward of his title combat in opposition to champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 on July 11 from Ya Island in Abu Dhabi, per a report by MMA Junkie.

Battle cancellations have been pouring in as UFC begins its ascension into “Battle Island” so followers have been understandably nervous one thing could occur to the larger matchups. Sadly, Burns has joined the rising group of fighters prohibited to fly to “Battle Island,” because the surging welterweight examined optimistic for coronavirus alongside along with his brother, Herbert Burns, and coach, Greg Jones.

As of now, there is no such thing as a information of a possible substitute for Burns, making it doubtless that UFC may slot Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway 2 into the primary occasion.

Burns, 33, has come on robust over the previous yr by defeating the likes of former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Brazilian legend Demian Maia. “Durinho” hoped to parlay his new discovered success right into a UFC title when different contenders determined to sit out for extra pay. Burns should wait slightly longer to get his shot.

As for Usman, this leaves him with out an opponent only one week away from his second title protection. If UFC is ready to conjure up considered one of many potential fighters to step up on brief discover it’s unknown if the champ will even settle for the combat. In line with the report, Usman didn’t even board the charted flight from Vegas.

Perhaps it’s time UFC pays up and offers Jorge Masvidal what he needs.

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