The Combate website reported that Masvidal’s cornerman and American Top Team (ATT) coach, Mike Brown and Gabriel de Oliveira, tested positive for COVID-19 in Las Vegas and will not accompany Masvidal to Abu Dhabi.
Masvidal has not yet clarified who will be in his corner for the fight.
“Gamebred,” 35, is stepping in on less than a week’s notice to take on Usman in the main event. He tested negative in his COVID-19 test and made his way to Abu Dhabi via his First Round Management team’s private charter arrangement.
UFC 251 is scheduled for Saturday July 11. Current bouts include:
DAVEY GRANT (11-4-0) VS. MARTIN DAY (8-3-0)
KAROL ROSA (12-3-0) VS. VANESSA MELO (10-7-0)
RAULIAN PAIVA (19-3-0) VS. ZHALGAS ZUMAGULOV (13-3-0)
LEONARDO SANTOS (19-3-0) VS. ROMAN BOGATOV (10-0-0)
MAKWAN AMIRKHANI (15-4-0) VS. DANNY HENRY (12-3-0)
ELIZEU ZALESKI DOS SANTOS (22-6-0) VS. MUSLIM SALIKHOV (16-2-0)
VOLKAN OEZDEMIR (17-4-0) VS. JIRI PROCHAZKA (26-3-1)
AMANDA RIBAS (9-3-0) DEF. PAIGE VANZANT (8-4-0)
JESSICA ANDRADE (20-7-0) VS. ROSE NAMAJUNAS (8-4-0)
PETR YAN (14-1-0) DEF. JOSE ALDO (28-6-0)
ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI (21-1-0) VS. MAX HOLLOWAY (21-5-0)
KAMARU USMAN (16-1-0) VS. JORGE MASVIDAL (35-13-0)