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Did the UFC Just Book Jorge Masvidal Against Usman for UFC 251 on Fight Island?!

Gilbert Burns placed on an absolute barnburner of a efficiency towards former Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley, dominating him for 5 rounds in a way that was much more convincing than Kamaru Usman’s one-sided shellacking of him at UFC 235 on March 2, 2019.

The beatdown earned the Brazilian bruiser a title shot towards Kamaru at UFC 251, however the struggle was scrapped per week out as Burns examined constructive for COVID-19.

However it appears that evidently Jorge Masvidal might have a date with Struggle Island as an alternative.

Abraham Kawa’s tweets point out Jorge Masvidal has taken a COVID-19 take a look at for a possible UFC 251 bout with Usman.

It is tough to argue Gilbert’s legitimacy as a contender for the welterweight title from a purely athletic standpoint. Watching his walkout to his struggle towards Tyron, one did not even have to see the person’s fights to know he was going to be greater than a handful for the American. As soon as the bell rang and he began pushing ahead, stifling all of Tyron’s offense and touchdown heavy photographs all through the match, stuffing takedowns like they have been nothing, it grew to become even clearer that Gilbert was legit.

Nevertheless, Jorge Masvidal was inarguably the standout MMA star of 2019, incomes three back-to-back-to-back spotlight reel stoppages towards formidable opponents with lofty resumes. His left hook shellacking of former WWE contender Darren Until (who now competes at middleweight), record-setting flying knee KO of Ben Askren (Jorge was the one man to ever knock him out), and TKO physician stoppage of Nate Diaz for the enjoyable, “BMF” title, offered by The Rock, had MMA followers clamoring for extra.

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Jorge Masvidal’s struggle historical past isn’t any joke.

Jorge has additionally been a prize fighter from a really younger age, with early YouTube movies displaying him participating in bare-knuckle yard brawls towards outsized opponents. He as soon as challenged for the light-weight title in StrikeForce towards Gilbert Melendez, however began discovering extra success and fame after some high-profile victories within the UFC’s welterweight division.

Longtime MMA devotees are acquainted with the “Gamebred” model, and Jorge has all the time held the fame as being a “scrapper.”

So many followers have been disenchanted to listen to {that a} bout between Jorge and Kamaru wasn’t booked, and rumor has it that struggle purse negotiations had extra to do with it than something. UFC 244 managed to drag in a whopping 910,000 pay-per-view buys regardless of the primary occasion not being for a title match, and Jorge was adamant about being paid an quantity he believed he deserved previous to his stellar efficiency towards Nate.

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Jorge was initially purported to problem Kamaru for the title, however wage negotiations, together with COVID-19, halted talks. He believes the UFC went with Burns as a result of he was cheaper: “After all he took the bottom sum of money to struggle for a title. He can do no matter he needs along with his time and his skillset and so can I. I need to receives a commission for mine. I don’t have something constructive or unfavourable to say in regards to the struggle that’s developing, I don’t care. I’m simply apprehensive about me.”

Jorge might negotiate a date with UFC 251 simply in time to “save” the pay-per-view.

The primary occasion between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns was going to be the primary really massive struggle to happen on the UFC’s virtually legendary Struggle Island, situated at Jazeerat YasYas in Abh Dhabi, U.A.E. on Saturday, July 11 at three p.m. EST.

If Jorge is ready to negotiate a worth that works for each him and the UFC for his potential struggle towards Kamaru, then he’ll solely have a couple of days to get to the Struggle Island. However he might not have to point out up in any respect.

Usman didn’t board his struggle to the UAE after listening to Burns would not have the ability to make the competition. The UFC might very effectively nonetheless maintain the pay-per-view on Struggle Island, after which have the primary occasion happen on the UFC’s APEX facility as an alternative and simply swap the reside feed to wherever Jorge and Kamaru every time the bouts on the island are executed.

Apart from the primary occasion, there are nonetheless some very, very massive fights on the UFC 251 card. Henry Cejudo had not too long ago vacated his bantamweight title after retiring from the game following his latest win towards Dominick Cruz. This has left a gap for Jose Aldo and Petr Yan to duke it out to grow to be champions, each are ridiculously expert fighters, with Aldo reigning supreme at featherweight for years earlier than succumbing to an on the spot McGregor left-hand KO.

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Max Holloway will attempt to regain the 145-pound belt once more after dropping the strap to Alex Volkanovski and Rose Namajunas goes to tackle Jessica Andrade (a struggle she was handily profitable earlier than struggling a slam KO), and a bout between the favored Paige VanZant and sport Amanda Ribas may even happen. The prelims may even characteristic former Mild Heavyweight contender Volkan Oezdemir towards longtime Rizin boogeyman Jiri Prochazka.

ESPN’s Ariel Helwani has acknowledged that the negotiations for Jorge to struggle Usman are just about solidified and all that awaits are the take a look at outcomes from the welterweight champion and BMF title holder.

Are you excited for this potential match-up? And do you suppose Jorge shall be in form for the bout? Let’s not neglect, Michael Bisping KO’ed Middleweight favourite Luke Rockhold to grow to be the champ in June of 2016.

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