When Jorge Masvidal fights for the UFC welterweight title on Saturday, he won’t have considered one of his head coaches by his aspect.

Mike Brown, thought of probably the greatest coaches in MMA, examined constructive for COVID-19 earlier this week and because of this was unable to fly to Abu Dhabi to nook Masvidal when he fights Kamaru Usman in the principle occasion of UFC 251 on Yas Island.

“Simply heartbroken I am not going to see Jorge win the world championship in particular person,” Brown informed ESPN. “No person deserves it greater than this man. No person has paid extra dues. Jorge can also be some of the considerate athletes I’ve ever met. He makes everybody really feel they’re with him and an enormous a part of this journey.

“The reality is that this man has been honing his abilities for greater than 20 years and developed one of many highest struggle IQs the game has ever seen.

“So far as being COVID constructive, I really feel good. The one ache I really feel is in my coronary heart.”

Brown is a member of the American Prime Crew gymnasium and a former World Excessive Cagefighting featherweight champion. Upon retiring from MMA in 2013, he turned his consideration to teaching in South Florida and is broadly seen as one of many smartest coaches within the sport.

Sources near Masvidal mentioned Paulino Hernandez, Jesus Gallo and Abraham Kawa shall be in his nook for Saturday evening’s title struggle and that he’s nonetheless deciding on the fourth now that Brown is out.