Kamaru Usman will face Jorge Masvidal in a welterweight title combat on Saturday at UFC 251 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi within the United Arab Emirates.

The promotion introduced the combat at midnight Monday.

Masvidal handed his coronavirus check, and each he and Usman will probably be leaving Las Vegas for Abu Dhabi later Monday, sources mentioned. Usman will probably be on a constitution flight, and Masvidal will fly on a personal jet, based on sources.

After arriving in Las Vegas on Sunday, each fighters needed to take a coronavirus check after which quarantine whereas awaiting the outcomes. Had they not handed the checks, the combat wouldn’t have been capable of go on.

The UFC labored to salvage Usman’s presence on the cardboard after Gilbert Burns was pressured to withdraw Friday night time.

For the previous two months, the UFC and Masvidal have been far aside on contract talks to make this combat occur. In the long run, the UFC determined to stroll away from negotiations a few month in the past and gave the title combat 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 and questioning whether or not the connection can be severed for a while. However as soon as Burns was pressured off the cardboard late Friday, momentum began to construct for the unique plan, which is a grudge match 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 earlier this 12 months in Miami.

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

After all, in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, it is not so simple as simply agreeing to a combat. Masvidal took and handed a coronavirus antibody check Saturday afternoon. That check exhibits whether or not a person has been uncovered to the coronavirus however would not point out whether or not the individual at the moment has the virus. The fighters nonetheless need to cross extra coronavirus checks earlier than combat night time, as will all of the fighters competing this month in Abu Dhabi.

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