Well, it looks like Jorge Masvidal will be heading to Fight Island after all. The UFC 251 main event for July 11 was scrapped on Friday night when Gilbert Burns and his two cornermen tested positive for Covid-19 in Las Vegas, just hours ahead of getting on a charter flight to Abu Dhabi. UFC welterweight champion Usman (16-1), who trains with Brazilian Burns (19-3) at Sanford MMA in Florida – where coronavirus cases have skyrocketed – did not board the flight either. But the UFC quickly threw a Hail Mary and brought “Gamebred” Masvidal (35-13) back to the negotiating table. According to Instagram stories from his manager @malkikawa , it appears Jorge Masvidal is "negotiating" and being tested for COVID-19. Speculation here, but don't be shocked if we see Usman vs. Masvidal after all, or, at the very least, an imminent Octagon return for Gamebred. pic.twitter.com/zoR4NH4haN — Michael Fiedel (@MichaelFiedel) July 4, 2020 First, Masvidal’s manager Malki Kawa posted Instagram stories of the “BMF” champion “negotiating” and getting tested for Covid-19 – suggesting a return to the Octagon is imminent. The 35-year-old has been on the sidelines since a third-round TKO of Nate Diaz at UFC 244 in November. Initial negotiations for a title shot against “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman for UFC 251 had fallen apart, allowing No 1-ranked Burns to slide in after dismantling former champ Tyron Woodley in May. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani then reported there are “active negotiations ongoing” to book Usman vs. Masvidal as next weekend’s UFC 251 main event. “I’m told the sides believe there is a now a path to make it happen,” he tweeted. "Barring any last minute hiccups... people are very confident that, in exactly seven days from now, we're going to be seeing one of the most anticipated fights of 2020." @arielhelwani went on @SportsCenter to provide an update on @USMAN84kg and @GamebredFighter at #UFC251 pic.twitter.com/q1FFlXrzKU — ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 5, 2020 “So I’m told as of right now talks are ongoing … I’m told those talks are moving in a positive direction,” Helwani later said in an interview with ESPN’s SportsCenter. “This morning it seemed like a long shot this fight would happen. But now it seems like barring any last minute hiccups – there are still some hurdles that need to be jumped over – people are very confident that, in exactly seven days from now, we're going to be seeing one of the most anticipated fights of 2020. A fight that didn’t seem like it was gonna happen. Now it seems like maybe the UFC’s most bitter feud is gonna play out in just sevens days’ time.” Usman also indicated in a series of tweets that negotiations for the fight were progressing. “Might be time for the pig to squeal,” he wrote. pic.twitter.com/3ELm5INQxC — KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) July 5, 2020 Masvidal later posted a cryptic tweet saying “Happy 4th of July everybody #andnew #andstill”, with the highly-anticipated bout looking all set to headline at Yas Island on Saturday. Max Holloway’s rematch against featherweight champ Alex Volkanovski had briefly been bumped up to the top of the card, but the bout now appears to be heading back to co-main status. Petr Yan and former featherweight champ Jose Aldo will also square off for the vacant bantamweight title on a stacked card, the first of four shows on Fight Island in July.