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Jorge Masvidal Suffers Huge Blow Ahead Of Fighting Kamaru Usman At UFC 251

Jorge Masvidal Suffers Huge Blow Ahead Of Fighting Kamaru Usman At UFC 251

Jorge Masvidal has been dealt a crushing blow ahead of fighting Kamaru Usman after his head coach Mike Brown tested positive for COVID-19.

Masvidal is down one cornerman at UFC 251 after his long-time American Top Team trainer has been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Brown received his positive test on Monday in Las Vegas during pre-fight screenings required to travel to 'Fight Island'.

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'Gamebred' will likely still have four cornermen for his fight against Usman.

According to ESPN, Paulino Hernandez, Jesus Gallo and Abraham Kawa will be in his corner and he's yet to make a decision on the fourth now that Brown is out.

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But the "heartbroken" coach won't be in the corner for when Masvidal faces Usman on Saturday.

"Just heartbroken I'm not going to see Jorge win the world championship in person," he told Ariel Helwani.

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"Nobody has paid more dues. Jorge is also one of the most thoughtful athletes I have ever met. He makes everyone feel they are with him and a huge part of this journey.

"The truth is this guy has been honing his skills for more than 20 years and developed one of the highest fight IQs ever seen in the sport.

"As far as being COVID positive, I feel good. The only pain I feel is in my heart."

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Topics: Fight Island, Jorge Masvidal, UFC News, Fight News, UFC 251, UFC, Kamaru Usman

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