UFC-251 ‘Fight Island’ hit badly after Gilbert Burns tests positive for coronavirus

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Srinagar, July 4: The upcoming dream UFC-251 card of ‘Fight Island’ has been hit hard and looks in tatters and the main event star fighter Gilbert Burns has tested positive for the COVID-19.

UFC head, Dana White is now scrambling to find a replacement to fight Kamaru Usman for the showpiece at the top of the card, which has cost the promotion so much time and money to put on in Abu Dhabi.

Fight Island has been dream project of Dana White and he has been stressing on to make it reality since the start of the global pandemic of Coronavirus.

Burns, his coach Greg Jones and brother Herbert all tested positive for the illness and as such the challenger was forced to withdraw. 

The collapse of the main event means that UFC chief White has less than a week to find a suitable replacement for 33-year-old Burns.

The UFC have been sharing videos of the logistical undertaking for Fight Island, their Covid-19 contingency plan, with 400,000 man hours already put into building the complex for four events in July