Jorge Masvidal will fight Kamaru Usman ar UFC 251. (Getty)Usman and Masivdal are both in Las Vegas and will sign in to the host hotel, take a coronavirus test and after that quarantine while awaiting the results.
Nevertheless, there are still a number of difficulties to clear with both fighters going through a variety of tests prior to they can go out to Abu Dhabi.
In turn, the UFC turned its back on Masvidal and gave the title fight to Burns, who recently beat previous champion Tyron Woodley.
One would think Masvidals relationship with the company was strained beyond repair, but as soon as Burns was forced off the card late last week, the Cuban-American star firmed as the only sensible option for Dana White.
Gilbert Burns withdrawal from UFC 251 because of coronavirus has resulted in the compare UFC fans wanted all along – Jorge Masvidal v Kamaru Usman for the welterweight champion.
According to ESPNs Ariel Helwani, negotiations for the bout are done and both fighters have accepted terms to contend on Sunday (AEST) at UFC 251 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Its a huge turn of occasions for Masvidal, considering he was taken part in a spat with the business over money which resulted in Burns being provided a shot at Usmans title ahead of him.
Usman and Masvidal have a healthy competition. (Getty)Usman v Masvidal was part of the original strategy for UFC 251 and now the animosity match can officially happen if all the logistical pieces form.
Both guys have long detested one another with the duo getting into a yelling match at the Super Bowl in Miami previously this year.
Both guys will need to pass three more coronavirus tests before the battle as will all the fighters completing in Abu Dhabi this month.
If Usman and Masvidal pass all their tests, australian Alexander Volkanovskis rematch with Max Holloway will likely stay as the co-main occasion.
The Aussie was tipped to heading the card once Burns was dismissed but in a blow for the featherweight champ, Masvidals addition would more than likely see his bout be the second-last of the night.
If they pass the test, theyll be cleared to fly to the UAE, more than likely tomorrow. If either man tests positive leaving the business with more scheduling issues, the battle will be cancelled.
For months, Masvidal and the UFC were at odds over money to make the Usman fight a reality.
In an extensive interview with ESPN, the Miami native ripped the company for its negotiating tactics and called for fighters to unionise over its split in profits with the UFC.