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Gilbert Burns tests positive for COVID-19, out of UFC 251 headliner vs. Kamaru Usman – MMA Junkie




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The UFC 251 main event has been derailed by the coronavirus, as Gilbert Burns has tested positive for COVID-19 and is out of his bout with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

Multiple people close to the situation informed MMA Junkie on Friday night that Burns (18-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) has been pulled from his fight with Usman (16-1 MMA, 11-0 UFC), which takes place next week in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The fight is expected to be rescheduled at a later date. The people requested anonymity because the UFC has yet to make an official announcement.

Burns traveled from Florida, where he trained for UFC 251, to Las Vegas. The promotion is using the city as a hub to send athletes overseas to Abu Dhabi, testing them for COVID-19 before flying out to the Middle East. Burns’ test result came back positive, as well as his brother and cornerman, Herbert Burns, and coach Greg Jones.

All three men did not board the charter flight departing Las Vegas. Usman also did not board the plane.

Burns later commented on the situation with a post on social media.

💔 devastating news, not feeling well but I’m going to win this battle! Stay safe out there! Much love 🙏🏾

— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) July 4, 2020

Devastating news, not feeling well but I’m going to win this battle! Stay safe out there! Much love 🙏🏾

News of Burns’ positive COVID-19 test comes on the heels of his Sanford MMA teammate, Aung La N Sang, revealing he’d recently tested positive.

Many thought Usman would fight Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251, but when Masvidal’s contract negotiations went sour, Burns, who has already picked up wins over Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley this year, accepted an offer.

Two other title fights are scheduled for UFC 251: Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski’s rematch with former champ Max Holloway and the battle for the vacant bantamweight belt between Jose Aldo and Petr Yan.

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“You Want to Kill Gilbert Burns”- Daniel Cormier Trolls Michael Bisping After UFC Fight Night – Essentially Sports

Fight nights often leave a larger impact on the commentary team than the fighters themselves. Michael Bisping corroborated the same following his hilarious slip-up after UFC on ESPN 9.

While in conversation with Daniel Cormier towards the end of the headliner at Fight Night Woodley vs Burns, The Count said something that left both DC and himself in stitches.

“You would not think that this man just went 25 rounds with one of the greatest welterweights that the UFC has seen,” said Bisping before Daniel Cormier corrected the former UFC middleweight champion, saying, “Well, he never would have gone 25 rounds. That’s virtually impossible. He went 25 minutes Mikey!” Before the pair burst into laughter.

“Well, he would never have gone 25 rounds; that’s virtually impossible. He went 25 minutes, Mikey.”@dc_mma wasn’t letting @bisping off the hook 🤣 #UFCVegas pic.twitter.com/SA1m1QYqTJ

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 31, 2020

Bisping went on to explain his priceless slip by saying, “Listen! Listen! It’s been an explosive night. It’s maybe knocked my brain cells around.”

Following which DC joked about Bisping’s intentions towards Burns, saying, “Mikey wants [him] to go 25 rounds! Mikey, you want to kill Gilbert Burns.” To which Michael Bisping responds, “I’ll do 25 rounds!”

Tyron Woodley concedes second straight loss in the UFC

Fight Night Woodley vs Burns saw Woodley take up his second consecutive L, following his title bout against Kamaru Usman. It seems like the top contender has been going through a slump. Consequently, several fans feared that Woodley would be looking to bow out of the MMA circuit, for good.

However, we could not have been more wrong, for it seems like The Chosen One is taking his loss as a lesson and an opportunity to improve.

“What’s up people? I gotta say, you can’t just get in the camera when you win. You gotta get on the camera when you lose, too. I felt good. I have no excuse, I trained hard. And I was in great shape. I felt like I did everything right. Everything felt right, from the walkout to the stretch. Every single thing about the fight,” said Tyron Woodley.

Displaying the spirit of a true warrior, Woodley admitted his faults and subsequently put some well-deserved respect to Gilbert Burns’ name.

Woodley is certain that this loss does not mark an end to his journey in the combat sports industry, for he is set on making a comeback.

Durinho, on the other hand, feels that this victory, that marks his sixth consecutive win, should set him up to compete for the title against his teammate, Kamaru Usman.

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