Negotiations for subsequent week’s Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal UFC welterweight title combat are executed, sources mentioned, and each fighters have agreed to phrases to compete Saturday at UFC 251 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

That is a large hurdle cleared for the promotion, which labored to salvage Usman’s presence on the cardboard after Gilbert Burns was pressured to withdraw Friday night time. However it’s not the one hurdle left to beat in an effort to make this combat a actuality subsequent weekend.

On the time of this writing, Usman is en path to Las Vegas, whereas Masvidal, who flew from South Florida to Las Vegas through non-public jet, landed earlier within the day.

As soon as in Las Vegas, each fighters should examine in to the host resort, take a coronavirus check after which quarantine whereas awaiting the outcomes. In the event that they go the check, they’re going to be cleared to fly to Abu Dhabi, almost definitely Monday. If they do not, the combat cannot and will not occur.

For the previous two months, the UFC and Masvidal have been far aside on contract talks to make this combat occur. Ultimately, the UFC determined to stroll away from negotiations a few month in the past and gave the title combat to Burns, who just lately beat former champion Tyron Woodley.

Afterward, Masvidal posted a sequence of tweets criticizing the UFC for its enterprise practices, calling into query whether or not the connection could be severed for a while. However as soon as Burns was pressured off the cardboard late Friday night time, momentum began to construct for the unique plan, which is a grudge match that has been months within the making. Usman and Masvidal have been embroiled in a heated feud that noticed the duo get right into a shouting match at Tremendous Bowl media row in Miami earlier this 12 months.

On Saturday afternoon, Usman tweeted, “Could be time for the pig to squeal,” whereas Masvidal’s co-manager posted a sequence of Instagram tales displaying Masvidal on the telephone with the caption “negotiating.”

In fact, nowadays it isn’t so simple as simply agreeing to a combat. Masvidal took and handed a coronavirus antibody check Saturday afternoon. That check reveals whether or not a person had been uncovered to the coronavirus previously however would not decide whether or not somebody presently has the virus. So, at the very least one hurdle was cleared then. If the combat in the end will get signed, they’re going to should go three extra coronavirus checks earlier than combat night time, as will all of the fighters competing in Abu Dhabi this month.

Masvidal is taken into account some of the in style fighters within the sport, with many believing he was the 2019 fighter of the 12 months after selecting up spectacular wins over Darren Until, Ben Askren and Nate Diaz. Along with the welterweight title combat, the cardboard additionally options Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway 2 for the featherweight title and Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo for the bantamweight title.