Jorge Masvidal will go on a duel against Kamaru Usman immediately without two members of his team. As it became known, Jorge's trainer Mike Brown tested positive for coronavirus. Therefore, he could not fly with his ward in Abu Dhabi to the Fight Island. Also, a positive test for coronavirus showed the trainer Gabriel de Oliveira.
Russian MMA fighter Vyacheslav Vasilevsky spoke on the coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. He noted how hard it will be for his son Khabib to cope with his father's death.
Former UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier wants to become the first fighter to defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov. Moreover, Poirier is ready to fight Khabib, even if the championship belt is not at stake. According to the Diamond, he does not feel anger with Khabib, he wants to take revenge for the sake of his legacy.
A week before the beginning UFC 251 card loses one of the participants in the main event. This is about Gilbert Burns, who was supposed to fight for the welterweight championship against Kamaru Usman. The fact is that the Brazilian became infected with the coronavirus, so was forced to withdraw from the battle. Usman's new rival is Jorge Masvidal now. This was officially announced today by the UFC.
Reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones said he saved a man during US Independence Day celebrations on July 4. Jones is ranked first in the P4P ranking of UFC fighters.
The renowned trainer Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who died yesterday in Moscow, will be buried in his native village Kirovaul. This was reported by the head of the village, Ilyas Khaziev.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, the father of the current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, died of coronavirus. 57-year-old Nurmagomedov Sr. was hospitalized with pneumonia on April 25 in one of the hospitals in Dagestan. On May 3, due to a deterioration of his health, he was taken to Moscow.
MMA veteran Alistair Overeem plans to make another title race before the end of his career. The fighter wrote about this on his Instagram.
Dustin Porrier said that he would root for Justin Gaethje in his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov. Poirier explained this by saying that in the case of Gaethje's victory, it will be easier for him to get the title fight. It is worth noting that Poirier and Gaethje already met in the octagon, and then the Diamond celebrated the victory.
The current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has uploaded a video of his boxing training to the social media. The fighter urged his followers to train and be kinder, noting that physical activity reduce aggression.