Masvidal, after his win over Nate Diaz.
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UFC 251 is going to be more exciting that we first thought. And because of COVID-19, it’s going to be a unique fight in UFC history.
Most assumed that the welterweight title would no longer be on the line this Saturday after Gilbert Burns tested positive for COVID-19 and was removed from UFC 251’s main event title fight against Kamaru Usman.
The fight will go on, thanks to Jorge Masvidal, who is perhaps the UFC’s most high profile welterweight.
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Masvidal has officially passed a mandatory COVID-19 test, so now the man they call Street Jesus — who most recently beat Nate Diaz for the one-off BMF title — will be replacing Gilbert Burns and facing off against Usman in the main event of UFC 251.
Now all the fighters have made weight and we’re good to go.
Which is great news for fans. Usman versus Masvidal is the fight most people wanted to see in the first place.