Report: UFC 256 Main Event Title Bout Set, Major Rematch On Tap?
The main event title fight for UFC 256 has reportedly been set.
UFC 256 is expected to take place on December 12. TMZ Sports is reporting that taking the main event spot will be a UFC Welterweight Title fight between champion Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns. Usman was expected to face Burns in the main event of UFC 251 on July 11. Burns tested positive for COVID-19 so Jorge Masvidal replaced him. Usman ended up beating Masvidal via unanimous decision.
Usman is riding a six-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a loss since his second pro MMA bout back on May 24, 2013. Usman has beaten the likes to Tyron Woodley, Masvidal, Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Demian Maia, and Rafael dos Anjos to name a few.
Burns has won his last six outings. In that span, he’s defeated Woodley, Maia, Gunnar Nelson, Alexey Kunchenko, Mike Davis, and Olivier Aubin-Mercier. Burns hasn’t been beaten since July 7, 2018.
Also in the report was the claim that a rematch between Masvidal and Nate Diaz is close to being finalized. Back on November 2, 2019, Masvidal took on Diaz in the main event of UFC 244 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. “Gamebred” ended up scoring a three-round TKO victory via doctor’s stoppage. Diaz protested the stoppage as he felt the cuts on his face weren’t deep enough to warrant the fight being waved off.
While UFC President Dana White insisted that the BMF Title was a one-time-only deal, that might not be the case if the TMZ report is to be believed. That’s because, in the report, it’s said that the BMF Championship will be up for grabs if the rematch materializes.