Jorge Masvidal will bid for his very first UFC world title after stepping in at 6 days’ notification to deal with Kamaru Usman on Battle Island in Abu Dhabi.
Welterweight champion Usman was slated to face Gilbert Burns at UFC 251 but the Brazilian withdrew.
However UFC verified Masvidal, 35, will contend as long as both fighters pass a succession of tests for coronavirus.
Saturday’s occasion is being hung on Yas Island in order to reduce any danger of spreading the virus.
Both Masvidal and Usman will require to pass tests for the infection before leaving the US, upon arrival in Abu Dhabi and after Friday’s scheduled weigh-in.
Nigerian-American Usman won the welterweight title from Tyron Woodley in March 2019 and safeguarded it versus Colby Covington in December.
The 33- year-old has just one defeat – which was in 2013 – on his 17- fight mixed martial arts record.
Masvidal has ended up being one of UFC’s most popular names and scored a noteworthy win over Nate Diaz in November.
In July of 2019, Masvidal secured the quickest knockout in UFC history when he stopped Ben Askren with a flying knee after simply five seconds at UFC 239.
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