Jorge Masvidal is getting his title shot.

The “BMF” champion will face welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (16-1) at UFC 251 subsequent weekend at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, a number of sources instructed MMA Preventing. Masvidal, who has to go a COVID-19 take a look at first, will step in as a late-notice alternative for Gilbert Burns, who was introduced as having examined constructive for the virus late Friday night.

ESPN was first to report the potential reserving.

For now, this reserving seems to have put a pause on the general public battle between Masvidal and the UFC over his compensation. “Gamebred” beforehand acknowledged that he was provided a title shot, however was sad with the proposed payout as it could be lower than what he was paid for his fundamental occasion conflict with Nate Diaz at UFC 244 in November. He and different distinguished UFC fighters, together with Jon Jones and Conor McGregor, have made feedback on a number of events questioning fighter pay in current months.

Masvidal (35-13) rose to the highest of the contender rankings with a surprising 2019 marketing campaign by which he defeated Diaz and recorded a pair of highlight-reel knockouts in opposition to Darren Until and Ben Askren. The Askren battle led to simply 5 seconds after Masvidal knocked out the previous Bellator and ONE champion with a flying knee, the quickest KO in UFC historical past.

This shall be Usman’s second title protection. He efficiently defended his belt in opposition to rival Colby Covington at UFC 245 in December, ending “Chaos” with strikes with lower than a minute remaining of their five-round battle.

It isn’t but identified what plans the UFC has for Burns, who has been dominant since making the transfer from light-weight to welterweight. In his most up-to-date outing, he earned a lopsided unanimous choice win over former UFC champion Tyron Woodley.

With Usman’s title protection again on schedule, the featherweight championship rematch between Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway returns to the co-main occasion slot.