Gilbert Burns, scheduled to challenge for the UFC welterweight title, has been forced out of his UFC 251 main event bout against Kamaru Usman after testing positive for COVID-19.
Burns had travelled from Florida, where he trained for UFC 251 at Sandford MMA, to Las Vegas where the UFC is using the city as a hub to send fighters to ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi.
Testing fighters for COVID-19 before flying fighters out to the Abu Dhabi, Burns’ test results would come back positive, as well as his brother and cornerman, Herbert Burns, and coach Greg Jones.
As a result, all three men did not board the flight departing Las Vegas and neither did Kamaru Usman per MMAJunkie.
Burns posted the following statement on Twitter following the news:
💔 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
Burns’ positive test comes soon after fellow Sandford MMA stablemate Aung La N Sang, ONE FC’s middleweight and light heavyweight champion, revealed he himself had tested positive for COVID-19.
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Dear family and friends, I got tested for covid-19 on Monday and the result came back today and I am positive. So my family and I will be quarantining ourselves for the next 14 days. I had a slight fever, congestion, body ache and fatigue on the first two days. Besides that I am blessed that my whole family is doing well. We are really in this together and we will get over this.