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Gilbert Burns has been on a tear for the last two years, winning six in a row, the last two earning performance bonuses. When negotiations with Jorge Masvidal's title shot vs. UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman fell apart over money, Burns got a title shot, and with a win, he would have been a star. But he tested positive for COVID-19 and the shot went back to Masvidal on six day's notice, leaving Burns in tears.
“The thing is that Florida opened up, that was the thing,” said Burns. “In Florida, people are not wearing masks, people are everywhere walking. So I think that’s how we got it. I think the first person that got it was Kenny, a Brazilian coach. After that we got Aung La Nsang – ONE championship champion. And then, a couple of heavyweights, and then it was me. And another guy just texted me; he’s out of an LFA fight because he tested positive, too.
“I just think it’s a Florida thing. We’re not safe anywhere. We have to stay home. I believe the training is going to close … we have to close the gym a second time, wait, and get everyone tested, and then open again. I think it’s not a gym thing, I think it’s a Florida thing, because here it’s all over. The numbers are getting up, and we end up getting caught.”
Florida is now the nation's #1 hotspot for the virus.