Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, 35, of Miami, Florida, United States is a possible replacement for Gilbert “Durinho” Burns, 33, of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the “UFC 251” fight card. The Brazilian mixed martial artist was supposed to challenge reigning UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman, 32, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
“UFC 251” is set to take place on the Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on July 12, 2020. The main event was supposed to be the title bout between Usman and Burns.
However, Burns tested positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19) so he had to pull out from the “UFC 251” card. From Florida, the Brazilian MMA fighter traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, from which athletes will be sent to the Yas Island.
Before flying out to Abu Dhabi, Burns was tested for COVID-19. His brother Herbert “The Blaze” Burns, 32, who was supposed to be his cornerman, and his coach Greg Jones also tested positive for the virus.
On July 4, 2020, Masvidal took to Twitter to share the definition of his fight name. It seemed to be a message to the UFC to have him included in the “UFC 251” card as Gilbert’s replacement.
Masvidal was the first choice to fight Usman but negotiations between the former and the UFC failed. Now, according to Ariel Helwani, Masvidal is willing to challenge the reigning UFC Welterweight Champion.
Currently, Masvidal holds a professional MMA record of 35 wins and 13 losses. After going on hiatus in 2018, he won three UFC bouts in 2019.
On March 16, 2019, Masvidal knocked out Darren “The Gorilla” Till, 27, of Liverpool, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom via punches in the second round at “UFC on ESPN+ 5” at the 02 Arena in London, England on March 16, 2019. On July 6, 2019, Masvidal faced Ben “Funky” Askren, 34, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA at “UFC 239” at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.
At “UFC 239,” Masvidal knocked out Askren after 5 seconds in the first round via flying knee. It was the fastest knockout in the history of the UFC.
On November 2, 2019, Masvidal knocked out Nate Diaz, 34, of Stockton, California, USA when they competed for the Baddest Mother—–r belt at “UFC 244” at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, USA. It was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, 47, who presented the BMF belt to Masvidal.