A day after Gilbert Burns was compelled out of the UFC 251 principal occasion, there’s renewed hope that subsequent week’s welterweight title battle might be saved with an excellent greater battle.

In keeping with a number of sources, there are lively negotiations to guide Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal as the brand new principal occasion of UFC 251 on July 11.

Sources mentioned the talks aren’t near being finalized but, however they’re ongoing and each side imagine there’s a path to creating this battle occur.

That is important as a result of the UFC and Masvidal have been far aside on contract talks for this battle for the previous two months. In the long run, the UFC determined to stroll away from negotiations a couple of month in the past and gave the title battle to Burns, who not too long ago 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 compelled off the cardboard late Friday evening, 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 on the Tremendous Bowl in Miami earlier this 12 months.

On Saturday afternoon, Usman tweeted, “Is perhaps 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, today it is not so simple as simply agreeing to a battle amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On Saturday, Masvidal took and handed a coronavirus antibody take a look at. That take a look at reveals whether or not a person has been uncovered to COVID-19 previously however would not decide whether or not somebody at the moment has the virus. If the battle in the end will get signed, he should go at the least three coronavirus exams earlier than battle evening, as will all of the fighters competing in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, this month.

The UFC’s constitution flight to Abu Dhabi left Friday evening, so the promotion can even have to determine get each Masvidal and Usman, who didn’t fly as soon as Burns pulled out, to the UAE in time for the occasion and with the power to go the federal government’s coronavirus testing protocol in place.

Masvidal is taken into account one of the crucial well-liked fighters within the sport, with many believing he was the 2019 fighter of the 12 months after choosing up spectacular wins over Darren Until, Ben Askren and Nathan Diaz.

If the 2 sides cannot come to phrases on a deal, UFC 251 would proceed with two title fights: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway 2 for the featherweight title and Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo for the bantamweight title.