According to media reports, with Jorge Masvidal in talks to replace Gilbert Burns against Usman at UFC 251 next Saturday after Burns' positive test for COVID-19 and the subsequent withdrawal, betting website BetOnline.ag has established the opening possibilities for a welterweight championship match against champion Kamaru Usman.
Usman opened as a sizable favorite at -255 (more than a 2-to-1 favorite), while Masvidal appears as a loser at +215 (lines have fluctuated since then). Those lines could be based on a number of factors, including Usman's intact UFC record, Masvidal taking the fight short-term and stylistic showdown.
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This will be Kamaru Usman's second defense of the UFC welterweight title. He defeated Colby Covington by fifth-round TKO at UFC 245 in December, which improved his UFC record to 11-0. He also has notable victories over Tyron Woodley, Rafael dos Anjos, and Demian Maia.