A number of people with know-how of the rescheduled fight confirmed to MMA Fighting that verbal agreements are in location with bout contracts expected to be signed shortly. The title fight at first was claimed by Combate. UFC 258 can take area Feb. 13 at a spot to be established.
Usman was initially scheduled to encounter Burns at UFC 251 in July the matchup was produced immediately after a planned bout in between the welterweight champ and rival Jorge Masvidal was scuttled owing to a money disagreement involving Masvidal and the UFC. Burns lost the struggle after a good COVID-19 take a look at, and the marketing came to an arrangement with Masvidal, who wound up getting rid of to the champ in a lopsided conclusion.
Burns was promised the first crack at Usman immediately after Masvidal’s reduction, and ultimately the advertising qualified him for a title shot at UFC 256 on Dec. 12. But the fight was by no means officially verified, and it was scuttled for a later on date.
Usman and Burns applied to be coaching companions at the now-defunct Blackzilians MMA and Sanford MMA. Just after Burns entered the title picture, Usman switched schooling camps, relocating to Colorado to perform with renowned coach Trevor Wittman.
Usman, the winner of The Final Fighter 21, has gained 16 straight fights and hasn’t shed a bout due to the fact 2013. Burns is on a 6-fight successful streak, obtaining located his groove right after an uneven stint at light-weight.