Fuck. Fight Island is off to a rough start with this news, huh?!
Gilbert Burns was really proving to be an MVP of the UFC's COVID Era with an unbelievable KO over Demian Maia....
....and a fucking mollywhopping over former UFC Welterweight Champ Tyron Woodley.....
….so him testing positive, and getting pulled from his title shot - one that it sorta felt like he scratched and clawed to earn under the worst of circumstances - is pretty heartbreaking.
I suppose you do also have to bring up the fact that since he was fighting a bunch under these conditions, he was definitely at much higher risk than others quarantining - and people will say that he got what he deserved, or that it's his fault (or the UFC's). It could get nasty on the MMA Twitter streets tomorrow. For now, I'll just say - get well soon, Gilbert!
I don't wanna jinx anything, or be too negative, or speak too soon on this topic, but if this keeps happening and ruining matchups we wanted to see, I totally get first dibs on writing 'Scooby Doo and the Curse of Fight Island'.
Call me, Uncle Dana.
Meanwhile, Jorge "Gamebred" Masvidal has entered the chat….
Does the UFC wanna reach into their pockets and pay Masvidal what he says he's worth to save this card?! We'll see! Stay tuned!