We will begin by agreeing that sure, stranger issues have occurred in MMA. The UFC has pulled sufficient rabbits out of its hat over time that if it actually desires to realize one thing, there are few issues that can stand in the way in which of creating it occur.
Below regular circumstances, discovering a alternative opponent to problem Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title on seven days’ discover could be a tough, however attainable feat. As MMA Junkie first reported, Gilbert Burns’ constructive COVID-19 check triggered him to be pulled from the occasion one week out and left Usman with out a challenger.
As everyone knows, although, these are removed from regular circumstances. The affords from Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington to battle Usman on this in need of discover are good for headlines, social media graphics and getting followers to indicate deeper help for his or her badassery, but it surely’s additionally deeply unrealistic and could be nearly not possible to tug off.
At the beginning, let’s understand that Usman didn’t even get on the airplane to Abu Dhabi that departed Las Vegas on Friday night. Given the quantity of journey time concerned and the obligatory quarantine procedures in place amid the coronavirus pandemic, with athletes and groups needing to lock down for 48 hours on either side of journey, that primarily guidelines Usman ineligible to battle July 11 at UFC 251.
Let’s hypothesize for an immediate that UFC might work round that, although. There’s one other constitution airplane to Abu Dhabi on Monday for the fighters slated to compete on the UFC’s July 15 occasion, and possibly the promotion might discover a approach to get Usman on it with out breaking protocols. In that case, who does he battle?
Masvidal’s supervisor, Abe Kawa of First Spherical Administration, instructed ESPN on Saturday that the “BMF” champ is “completely keen” to battle Usman on quick discover. The unstated finish to that quote, nevertheless, probably reads, “for X amount of cash.” Most initially needed Masvidal to be Usman’s opponent at UFC 251, but it surely didn’t get finished due to a contract dispute between “Gamebred” and the UFC brass.
Maybe the UFC is determined sufficient to dig into its pockets and pay Masvidal what he’s desires, however that doesn’t appear probably. Masvidal vs. Usman is a extremely anticipated battle, and it might be a disservice to everybody concerned to trot it on the market on quick discover. There’s a number of discontent between the 2 fighters and the UFC would certainly need to maximize that with correct promotion. If all the occasion was based mostly round Usman headlining, then possibly there could be extra leverage for Masvidal to get what he desires, however lest not neglect there are two extra title fights on the cardboard, and Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway 2 is a greater than appropriate pay-per-view essential occasion.
An analogous argument goes for Covington, who instructed UFC to name him with the battle. He would nearly certainty need one thing further for saving the day. Is that juice definitely worth the squeeze for UFC? Covington simply misplaced to Usman in December, and though it was an unbelievable battle, wherein Covington had gripes with how referee Marc Goddard labored it, Covington was finally completed. How badly do individuals need to see that once more?
Along with all that, getting Masvidal or Covington by way of all of the well being and security measures in time for battle night time could be a rush at greatest. Each males reside within the COVID-19 hotbed that’s the state of Florida, which is similar place Burns originated forward of UFC 251.
On the finish of the day, this can be a state of affairs wherein Masvidal and Covington can attempt to flex about their willingness to compete, with no backlash. Would they battle Usman in a single weeks’ time if every part got here collectively good? Actually. However there are simply just too many obstacles, and due to this fact an empty volunteering of companies.
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