Gilbert Burns removed from UFC 251 main event

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Gilbert Burns has been pulled from his UFC 251 headline fight with Kamaru Usman. He will have to wait to fight his teammate down the road.

Just eight days before his main event, Burns has been removed from the fight due to a positive test for the coronavirus. It is not clear when Burns might have tested positive for the virus.

UFC fighter Gilbert Burns reacts after defeating Mike Davis at UFC Fight Night 150
Gilbert Burns reacts after defeating Mike Davis at UFC Fight Night 150 (Getty Images)

Burns failed the coronavirus during the pre-fight protocols before he traveled to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. This event will be held at Fight Island.

According to MMA Fighting, Burns’ teammate, Aung La N Sang — ONE Championship Light Heavyweight and Middleweight Champion — tested positive for the virus earlier this week. His camp also had at least one coach also test positive for the virus.

Due to the positive coronavirus, Burns will be isolated for at least 14-days in quarantine. Depending on how severe he has the virus, or not, he will be out of the action through at least July.

Burns was attempting to return to the Octagon after several weeks in camp. He defeated Tyron Woodley in a surprising win at the end of May that shocked many in the MMA community. 

The 33-year-old Durinho is the latest fighter, who has contracted the virus. Lyman Good — who was the first active UFC fighter to have the coronavirus — then Rolando “Jacare” Souza also had the virus. In addition, Matt Frevola also has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The 33-year-old Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil native has a 19-3 in his MMA career. He is presently on a six-fight win streak since December 2018.

Burns has had six knockouts with eight submission wins in his career. He also has five decision wins, including four in his last six fights.

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