In a surprising twist of events, BMF champ Jorge Masvidal will fill in for Gilbert Burns and take on UFC welterweight champ Kamaru Usman in the main event of UFC 251 on Fight Island. Burns was removed from the fight card on Friday due to a positive test result for the coronavirus.
The implications of this arrangement are important. Masvidal was sitting out from fighting out of protest for what he considered insufficient fighter pay. UFC had matched his pay for his bout opposite Nate Diaz at UFC 244, but that was previously not enough. Did they meet all of Masvidal’s demands?
This also changes the fight as Burns and Masvidal, while both well rounded, are not exactly the same kind of fighter.
And for Masvidal, this is a major opportunity to not only cash in on his relatively newfound fame, but achieve something in the sport that has long eluded him.
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