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Gilbert Burns Out Of UFC Fight Island Main Event After Testing Positive For COVID-19

It looks like the Fight Island era of UFC events is not off to the best start.

Gilbert Burns has tested positive for COVID-19 and it’s been confirmed that he will be out of his planned UFC 251 main event with Kamaru Usman.

The news comes just days before the main event clash for Usman’s UFC welterweight championship. 

A New Main Event in Abu Dhabi

ESPN reported that the featherweight championship rematch between champion Alexander Volkanovski and former titleholder Max Holloway, which was originally scheduled as the co-headliner, will now serve as the new main event of UFC 251 on Saturday 11th July. 

Following a training camp in Florida, Burns flew to Las Vegas, one of four “hub cities” from which fighters will fly to Abu Dhabi for “Fight Island” events.

It’s reported that upon arrival in Las Vegas, Burns, his brother Herbert as well as one of his coaches tested positive for the COVID 19.

Following the news Usman also did not board his flight to Abu Dhabi with uncertainty as to how the line-up would change.  

Willing Candidates

There’s not much time left but rescheduling may be an option on the table with two big names putting up their hands.

Jorge Masvidal’s manager made it known to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that the reigning “BMF” champion is willing to take up the shot against Usman for the welterweight title.

Former interim welterweight champion, Colby Covington, said that he’s willing to make his way to Abu Dhabi next week!

Let’s see what unfolds!