Negotiations are underway for a possible welterweight title combat between reigning champion Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal.

In line with sources chatting with MMA Preventing on Saturday, talks are underway to probably ebook the matchup for UFC 251 after Gilbert Burns was dominated out of the principle occasion after he examined constructive for COVID-19. Burns was initially purported to fly to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, however he didn’t board his flight after the take a look at outcomes have been returned.

Whereas it seems Burns dropping off the cardboard primarily eliminated Usman as effectively, the promotion is outwardly attempting to avoid wasting the principle occasion with talks below option to safe Masvidal as an opponent. ESPN initially reported negotiations underway.

Previous to Burns getting the title combat, Masvidal was already the frontrunner to compete for welterweight gold however contract negotiations fell aside. Masvidal later complained that the UFC was providing him much less cash to face Usman than he earned for his final combat towards Nate Diaz in Nov. 2019.

Ultimately when the 2 sides couldn’t come to an settlement, Masvidal was faraway from the title combat and Burns was supplied the chance after he dominated former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in Might.

Sadly, Burns examined constructive for the coronavirus, which meant he wouldn’t be allowed to combat on July 11.

Whereas it’s inconceivable to say if the UFC and Masvidal can come to phrases in time, the UFC is scrambling to avoid wasting the principle occasion. Usman additionally teased the likelihood on Twitter earlier within the day on Saturday however once more right now no deal has been struck or contracts signed.

Nonetheless, Masvidal’s workforce participating in talks with the UFC is a constructive signal that a minimum of discussions are ongoing to probably ebook the combat with Usman on July 11.

Earlier on Saturday, Masvidal’s supervisor Malki Kawa posted a video on Instagram exhibiting the “BMF” champion taking a COVID-19 anti-body take a look at. Masvidal would even be required to bear the complete COVID-19 testing necessities earlier than he might truly signal to combat Usman at UFC 251.

No matter this combat being made or not, UFC 251 has two extra title fights already booked with Alexander Volkanovski defending his featherweight title towards Max Holloway and Petr Yan battling Jose Aldo to crown a brand new bantamweight champion. All 4 of these fighters already handed their COVID-19 testing necessities earlier than taking a chartered flight to Abu Dhabi on Friday.