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After Gilbert Burns was ruled out of his title shot due to a positive COVID-19 test, UFC have come up with quite the contingency plan - with both Masvidal and Usman agreeing terms at short notice for a welterweight championship bout at UFC 251.
It's as close as being a done deal as it could possibly be - the only thing stopping the mouthwatering bout from going ahead on Fight Island on July 12 being a positive coronavirus test from either of the pair.
And UFC president White posted an expertly-made three minute video to get fans in the mood for what promises to be an instant classic inside the Octagon.
There's serious animosity between Usman and Masvidal, who have regularly thrown shade at one another and had a heated altercation at a Super Bowl media day in Miami back in January when they had to be pulled apart.
As you hear the Nigerian Nightmare say in the promo package, Usman believes fame has changed BMF champion Masvidal and he has become "everything he said he wouldn't be".
"It's kind of funny to me to watch what he's become," 'The Nigerian Nightmare' told reporters per MMA Junkie.
"I've always been this fly, I've always dressed the way I did. It's just that now I have a bigger platform where everybody gets to see some of those things.
"I've always said the same things that I wanted to say. I've always been confident, because that's the way that I train and I believe in myself and my abilities. I've never changed one bit. I tell you what I'm doing to do, I go in there and I get it done.
"It's kind of funny to me to watch what he's become. It's the same guy, the same journeyman. But now he's become everything that he said he wouldn't be. Everything he fought against, being the cliche, being this and that, he's exactly that guy right now."
Might be time for the Pig to squeal :smirk::smirk:
- KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) July 4, 2020
If all goes well and the fight gets the green light, the press conference promises to deliver fireworks - while the fight itself has the potential to be one of the best that 2020 has had to offer.
The BMF champ vs the welterweight champ. Gamebred vs the Nigerian nightmare. Masvidal vs Usman. Let's have it.
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