Gilbert Burns tests positive for COVID-19 out of UFC 251

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Looks like the coronavirus claimed another UFC fighter.

According to MMA Junkie, Gilbert Burns has tested positive for COVID-19 and is out of his bout with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

UFC 251 will take place Saturday, July 11 at Yas Forum on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island and will stream live on Pay-Per-View, exclusively through ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT in both English and Spanish. Preliminary fights will air nationally in English on ESPN and ESPN+, and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes, starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT with the first four bouts also simulcast on UFC Fight Pass.

The UFC is using the city of Las Vegas as a hub to send athletes overseas to Abu Dhabi. They are testing them for COVID-19 before flying out to the Middle East. Burns’ COVID-19 test result came back positive. His brother and cornerman, Herbert Burns, and coach Greg Jones also tested positive.

It’s unknown at this time if the UFC will be able to find a replacement opponent for Usman. Stay tuned to FightBook MMA as this story develops.


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