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

The promotion introduced the struggle at midnight Monday.

Masvidal handed his coronavirus take a look at, and each he and Usman shall be leaving Las Vegas for Abu Dhabi later Monday, sources stated. Usman shall 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 take a look at after which quarantine whereas awaiting the outcomes. Had they not handed the assessments, the struggle 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 evening.

For the previous two months, the UFC and Masvidal had been far aside on contract talks to make this struggle occur. In the long run, the UFC determined to stroll away from negotiations a couple of month in the past and gave the title struggle to Burns, who lately 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 could 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 yr in Miami.

On Saturday afternoon, Usman tweeted, “Is likely to 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.”

In fact, throughout the coronavirus pandemic, it is not so simple as simply agreeing to a struggle. Masvidal took and handed a coronavirus antibody take a look at Saturday afternoon. That take a look at reveals whether or not a person has been uncovered to the coronavirus however does not point out whether or not the particular person at the moment has the virus. The fighters nonetheless need to move extra coronavirus assessments earlier than struggle evening, as will all of the fighters competing this month in Abu Dhabi.

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