Jorge Masvidal gained’t have American Prime Crew coach Mike Brown in his nook for the largest struggle of his profession, and he’s feeling down about.
Masvidal (35-13 MMA, 12-6 UFC) is stepping in on simply six days’ discover to problem welterweight champion Kamaru Usman this Saturday at UFC 251, and his head coach gained’t be there after Brown examined constructive for COVID-19 whereas in Las Vegas. In consequence, he was unable to board the constitution flight to Abu Dhabi and can miss UFC 251.
Brown’s absence is a troublesome loss for Masvidal, who would have wished nothing greater than probably the most influential folks in his profession by his facet for his first UFC title shot.
“It sucked emotionally simply because I would like him there,” Masvidal advised ESPN. “Once I get that belt, I wanted this particular person to be there, as a result of he’s an enormous a part of my profession. He’s been there for such a very long time. We’ve been mates for a very long time, as nicely. It was similar to, it took the air from all of us. Each single one in all me and my cornermen have been devastated by it. However thank God (that) Mike has no signs, nothing.”
Brown’s response was equally emotional in a assertion supplied to ESPN, expressing his heartbreak in not having the ability to see all of Masvidal’s arduous work repay.
“Simply heartbroken I’m not going to see Jorge win the world championship in particular person,” Brown stated. “No person deserves it greater than this man. No person has paid extra dues. Jorge can be probably the most 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.”
Masvidal acquired the decision to face Usman after Gilbert Burns examined constructive for COVID-19 final Friday, opening the door for Masvidal to step in.