Beside COVID-19 Complications It Seems Jorge Masvidal vs Kamaru Usman All Set For UFC 251

The latest reports from ESPN's Ariel Helwani indicate that the probability of Usman vs Masvidal happening is growing

Usman Vs Masvidal
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With Gilbert Burns testing positive for Covid-19 Kamaru Usman found himself without an opponent, and Holloway vs Volkanovski seemed to be the new main event of UFC 251. Rumors about Jorge Masvidal as a potential replacement for Burns flourished but the probability of this happening seemed small.


However, according to the latest reports from ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, “talks are moving in a positive direction”.

“This morning it seemed like a long shot that this fight would happen,” Helwani told ESPN SportCenter “Now, it seems barring any last minute hiccups … and there are still a few more hurdles that they have to jump over people are very confident that in exactly seven days from now people are going to see one of the most anticipated fights of 2020. A fight that we didn’t think is going to happen, now it seems like maybe UFC’s most bitter feud is actually going to play out.”

According to Helwani, the UFC’s biggest challenge isn’t to negotiate a contract with Masvidal but rather, transfer both fighters safely to Abu Dhabi.

The “fight Island” campaign needs a conclusive product to sell and holding the fight anywhere else isn’t in the plans of the UFC. From Silva vs Maia at UFC 112 to Khabib vs Poirier at UFC 242, the partnership between the UAE and the UFC has been profitable for both sides. The UAE offers a safe location for the UFC but also a considerable amount of money to hold the fights on their soil.

Reports from MMAFighting’s Damon Martin indicate that Jorge Masvidal has been training and would be ready to fight on July 12.

Published on July 5, 2020 at 12:10 pm
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