MMA supervisor Ali Abdelaziz reacted to the information of Jorge Masvidal changing Gilbert Burns towards Kamaru Usman in the principle occasion of UFC 251.
Abdelaziz, one in every of MMA’s high managers, represents each Burns and Usman, so he had a vested curiosity within the battle. Sadly for everybody concerned, Burns examined optimistic for COVID-19 and needed to be pulled from the battle towards Usman. Fortuitously, the UFC was in a position to transfer rapidly and are available collectively to get a deal signed for Usman to battle Masvidal. The 2 at the moment are set to headline the UFC’s debut card on Battle Island pending the take a look at outcomes of a coronavirus take a look at for Masvidal in Las Vegas.
Taking to social media following the information that Masvidal changed Burns towards Usman, Abdelaziz gave his ideas on the scenario. Take a look at his Twitter under.
— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) July 5, 2020
I’m pleased @USMAN84kg for a alternative opponent and I’m additionally heartbroken for @GilbertDurinho he nonetheless #1 contender
As Abdelaziz mentioned, it’s terrific information that Usman was in a position to get a alternative opponent on very quick discover, particularly somebody as credible as Masvidal. This was the unique matchup the UFC deliberate on doing earlier than Masvidal held out as a result of contractual points. We don’t know if Masvidal received precisely what he needed from the UFC, however provided that he had all of the leverage on this scenario because the UFC needed to save lots of the cardboard, it stands to make sense that Masvidal received a pleasant deal from the UFC to tackle Usman at UFC 251.
As for Burns, like Abdelaziz mentioned he’s nonetheless technically the No. 1 contender at 170lbs after defeating Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia in dominant style in his final two fights. Ought to Usman defeat Masvidal because the betting odds counsel he’ll accomplish that, then Burns will stay because the No. 1 contender. Then once more, if Masvidal pulls off the upset and will get by Usman, then Burns will seemingly drop to No. 2 within the division. Both method, Burns continues to be in a great spot within the UFC welterweight division going ahead.
At this level, it’s all about Burns getting wholesome and feeling higher. The Brazilian is again house in Florida now in quarantine and though he mentioned on Twitter on Sunday that he has a headache, hopefully, he is ready to make a fast restoration. Figuring out who his supervisor is, search for Ali Abdelaziz to attempt to get his consumer again in there as quickly as he will get wholesome.