Jorge Masvidal has been dealt an enormous blow earlier than UFC 251 after his head coach Mike Brown examined constructive for COVID-19.
The BMF champion is stepping in as a late substitute with only a week’s discover to face Kamaru Usman for the welterweight world title after Gilbert Burns pulled out of the struggle after contracting the virus.
American Prime Crew tactician Brown won’t be on Combat Island with ‘Gamebred’, though was in a position to affirm he was okay after the analysis.
The previous WEC world champion was as a result of fly to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi from Las Vegas on Monday after travelling from ATT headquarters in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Brown was required to supply a unfavourable coronavirus check earlier than departing, as per the UFC’s necessities, however Combate first broke the information of the unfavourable check.
“Simply heartbroken I’m not going to see Jorge win the world championship in individual,” the 44-year-old mentioned to Ariel Helwani. “No person has paid extra dues.
“Jorge can also be one of the vital considerate athletes I’ve ever met. He makes everybody really feel they’re with him and an enormous a part of this journey.
“The reality is that this man has been honing his abilities for greater than 20 years and developed one of many highest struggle IQs ever seen within the sport.
“So far as being COVID constructive, I really feel good. The one ache I really feel is in my coronary heart.”
Brown was in Dustin Poirier’s nook for his win over Dan Hooker and two different ATT members have additionally examined constructive for COVID-19. Bantamweight Pedro Munhoz and coach Gabriel Oliveira even have the lethal virus.
Masvidal will now have Paulino Hernandez, Jesus Gallo and Abraham Kawa by his aspect on struggle evening and is reportedly deciding who the fourth man in his nook might be.
Burns, Brown, Munhoz and Oliveira all dwell in Florida, which has emerged as a coronavirus hotspot previously month with 206,000 confirmed circumstances.