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Daniel Cormier believes Gilbert Burns withdrawing from his UFC 251 struggle with Kamaru Usman opened the door for Jorge Masvidal getting what he needs from the UFC.

Burns was anticipated to struggle Usman for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 251 this Saturday on Combat Island. Sadly, he was pulled from the competition when he examined optimistic for COVID-19.

When Burns withdrew from the struggle, the UFC known as on Masvidal to step in and change him towards Usman. Earlier than that might occur, nonetheless, the promotion needed to attain a brand new settlement with Masvidal, who had not too long ago been airing his grievances about his pay.

In accordance with Cormier, Burns’ withdrawal from UFC 251 was doubtless the additional little bit of leverage Masvidal wanted to get what he wished from the promotion.

“At any time when Burns fell out and Masvidal stated he would completely struggle [Usman], I used to be sure they might get a deal completed,” Cormier advised Ariel Helwani on Monday. “Right here was the factor that allowed Jorge to get what he was asking for. It was going to take one thing out of the extraordinary for him to get what he wished, as a result of that they had come to that time—either side—the place they have been like ‘we’re not prepared to do enterprise.’

“Right here comes this extenuating circumstance, an enormous circumstances that permits [Masvidal] to return again to the desk and say ‘hey, are you slightly extra prepared now to present me what I would like?’” Cormier continued. “The UFC’s like ‘you realize what, man? That is Combat Island, this an enormous card, we have to blow this up. We’d like Usman right here, and that is the man [to fight him].’”

Cormier continued, explaining that he trusted Masvidal’s willingness to take this short-notice struggle from the second the chance got here up.

“I by no means questioned whether or not or not Jorge Masvidal wished to struggle,” Cormier stated. “He needs to struggle, trigger he’s a fighter. No one will get as many fights as he has, fights within the yard, and never be a real fighter. So I knew the second they might come to phrases financially, the struggle would occur, and there was a fantastic likelihood the struggle may very well be met underneath these circumstances.”

Throughout his personal interview with ESPN, Masvidal successfully confirmed this principle from Cormier.

“Me and my group know what I deserve,” Masvidal advised ESPN this week, opening up on his new UFC deal. “So once I bought undercut and lowballed, alright, cool, no downside. We’ll see what occurs. I advised my supervisor and a number of other folks […] ‘watch, on the final second, they’re going to name me again and a few craziness goes to occur.’ I advised a number of folks which might be very, very near me, and bam, that’s precisely what occurred.

What do you consider this evaluation from Daniel Cormier? Did Jorge Masvidal luck out when Gilbert Burns was pressured off the UFC 251 invoice?