Jorge Masvidal has agreed to step into the UFC 251 main event and fight Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title on just six days notice.
Gilbert Burns was due to take on the champion on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, but has been pulled from the contest after testing positive for COVID-19.
It looked like the bout was just going to be scrapped and the featherweight title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway would step into the main event.
However, Masvidal has ridden to the rescue and, according to ESPN, negotiations are completed for him to fight Usman on Saturday night.
The UFC are yet to officially announce the bout as both men are in Las Vegas where they must be tested for coronavirus and isolate in the host hotel as they await the results.
If they are both cleared then the fight will be on and they will fly from Las Vegas to Fight Island, which ESPN reports will likely happen on Monday.
Usman vs Masvidal had previously been targeted as the main event for UFC 251, but negotiations with Masvidal had been unsuccessful.
Gamebred had been pushing hard for more money after three superb wins over Darren Till, Ben Askren and Nate Diaz in his last three fights.
The veteran had been offered less for the Usman fight than he was paid to scrap with Diaz, which he was not prepared to accept.
Given the late notice for the championship bout, Masvidal will undoubtedly have got a figure that he was looking for, having found himself in an excellent bargaining position.
Ahead of the fight being officially announced, Masvidal told reporters ‘don’t get all excited’ as he was spotted in Las Vegas.
UFC president Dana White, though, has all but confirmed the bout by tweeting a promo video of the two men.
Burns confirmed on Sunday that he is now home and resting and is dealing with a nagging headache.
Durinho has been on an excellent six-fight winning run, beating former welterweight champ Tyron Woodley in May to earn his shot at Usman, but he will now have to wait for his crack at the gold.
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