Gilbert Burns Talks About His Positive Test To COVID-19 And His Cancelled Title Fight At UFC 251

The brazilian fighter opens up about his medical condition and the consequences of his positive test for his career

Gilbert Burns
Gilbert Burns - Image via @gilbert_burns Instagram

Gilbert Burns was scheduled to fight Kamaru Usman in the main event of UFC 251 and kickstart fight Island. After a knockout win over Demian Maia, the Brazilian fighter earned his spot as the number one contender with a dominating performance against former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. Unfortunately, the fight had to be canceled after Burns and his two cornermen tested positive for COVID-19. 

Burns addressed the situation on Twitter.

💔 devastating news, not feeling well but I’m going to win this battle! Stay safe out there! Much love 🙏🏾

Gilbert Burns Ufc 251
Gilbert Burns Ufc 251

Fortunately, his brother Herbert Burns seems to be healthy as he reported himself on his Twitter account.

With Burns out of the fight, reports of Colby Convington and Jorge Masvidal stepping in to replace him flourished, considering the fighters’ reaction to the news. However, it was confirmed that Alexander Volkanovski vs Max Holloway would replace the welterweight title fight as the main event of UFC 251.

Published on July 4, 2020 at 7:04 pm
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