UFC 251 combat map: Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal officially defined as the main event on Fight Island

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Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal will officially make the headlines at UFC 251
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    L'UFC 251 a un nouvel événement principal.  Après avoir surmonté de nombreux obstacles logistiques au cours du week-end, Jorge Masvidal interviendra dans moins d'une semaine pour affronter le champion des poids mi-moyens Kamaru Usman à Abu Dhabi dimanche matin (samedi soir aux États-Unis).  Les deux parties ont accepté les termes de l'accord dimanche et ont été transportées par avion à Las Vegas pour leur premier test COVID-19.  Les deux sont passés et devraient embarquer lundi sur des avions privés pour l'île de Yas, selon Ariel Helwani.

Masvidal will get the main location of the event that many thought it deserved in the first place. With 48 career fights under his belt, Masvidal would serve as the fighter with the most appearances of MMA before receiving his first shot in the title.

Shortly after the news of the deal, UFC president Dana White posted a hype video on Twitter which apparently confirmed that he was able to secure the new main blockbuster event.

The inaugural map of Fight Island saw its headline collapse on Saturday when the best competitor Gilbert Burns withdrew from a shot in the title of Usman after having tested positive for COVID-19. Masvidal, the ceremonial champion of the BMF, was the UFC opponent initially targeted for Usman before the negotiations took place on the side and Masvidal started a public protest against the remuneration of the combatants.

Masvidal (35-13) spent his July 4 vacation undergoing the first of multiple coronavirus tests while negotiating the fight, according to photos posted on social media by his manager, Malki Kawa. The 35-year-old brawler rose from journeyman status in 2019 with a trio of stopping victories that earned him world fame and the honors of the fighter of the year.

Among the main obstacles facing the proposed combat is the logistics of how combatants would safely arrive in the United Arab Emirates amid quarantine protocols in a last-minute scenario. Usman (16-1) did not board a UFC chartered flight that transported fighters, coaches, media and promotional staff upon learning of the departure from Burns (19-3).

In the event that the bout does not take place, the original co-main event of featherweight champion Alexaner Volkanovski facing former title holder Max Holloway in a rematch would take precedence. The card also includes a vacant bantamweight title fight between Petr Yan and former featherweight king Jose Aldo.

Usman-Masvidal was the fight that initially made the most sense for the division and the one that fans preferred. It also offers a potential dramatic contrast in styles with Masvidal’s explosive strike against Usman’s suffocating struggle.

Masvidal initially claimed that he was offered half of what he won last November by beating Nate Diaz and refused the fight. According to reports, following his explosion on social media, he was again offered to fight Usman with the handbag he had made against Diaz, and he refused a second time.

The scorching hot managed to jump Leon Edwards into the rankings and accepted the opportunity thanks in large part to his winning streak of six fights and his recent wins against Demian Maia and former champion Tyron Woodley. Burns also received public criticism from Masvidal and Diaz, who accused him of only fighting because he was ready to take short money.

        

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