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Jorge Masvidal ‘cornered’ by coach on FACETIME after he couldn’t make UFC 251 loss to Usman after catching coronavirus

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JORGE MASVIDAL had to be cornered by his coach on FACETIME because he missed UFC 251 after catching coronavirus.

Gamebred failed to dethrone welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at the Abu Dhabi venue on Saturday.

Jorge Masvidal's coach Mike Brown attempted to corner him on Facetime during UFC 251

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Jorge Masvidal’s coach Mike Brown attempted to corner him on Facetime during UFC 251 Credit: Twitter
Gamebred unsuccessfully challenged Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title in Abu Dhabi

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Gamebred unsuccessfully challenged Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title in Abu Dhabi

Masvidal, who only took the fight on six days’ notice, was suffocated and outwrestled on route to a unanimous points loss to the Nigerian Nightmare.

The 35-year-old had the added disadvantage of stepping into the Octagon without his trusted coach Mike Brown.

His long-serving American Top Team trainer and fellow ATT cornerman Gabriel de Oliveira were found to have Covid-19 and forced to stay home.

But his coach Brown did his best to help from a screen as Masvidal was stomped and stuck in the clinch during his five-round bout with Usman.

One fan tweeted: “Inspiration – lets go Masvidal.”

Another replied: “Respect to both guys.”

A third added: “Would not have mattered had he been there.”

Masvidal himself was only called in to fight when Usman’s original opponent Gilbert Burns tested positive for coronavirus a week ago.

And the BMF king had admitted in the days before UFC 251 that it was a huge blow losing coach Brown to the deadly bug.

He told ESPN via MMA Fighting: “It sucked emotionally just because I want him there when I get that belt.

“I needed this individual to be there because he’s a huge part of my career. He’s been there for such a long time. We’ve been friends for such a long time as well. It took the air from all of us.

“Every single one of me and my cornermen were devastated by it. Thank god, Mike doesn’t have any symptoms, nothing, any cold symptoms or sore throat or nothing. So he’s great right now.”

Usman is now 12-0 in UFC and has stretched his unbeaten run to 16.

But he was immediately challenged to a rematch by Masvidal as the two exchanged words after the fight.

Although one unlucky punter will probably refrain from betting on the outcome after losing £158,000 betting on a Gamebred win.

Masvidal admitted that being without trusted coach Brown after he tested positive for coronavirus was a huge blow

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Masvidal admitted that being without trusted coach Brown after he tested positive for coronavirus was a huge blowCredit: Instagram
Jorge Masvidal will ‘do whatever it takes to get back in front of’ Kamara Usman after losing by unanimous points decision at UFC 251

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Speaking on Premier Sports after the game, Jose Mourinho said: “I don’t think it was a game that was 7-2, we didn’t play amazing, it was a strange game and we were too open.

“They were too adventurous to play against a team of a different level and we punished them.

“But we were not very compact and didn’t defend very well.

“But, job done. Not three good opponents, but it’s difficult to travel, play in empty stadiums in one game knockouts.”

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Celta Vigo vs Barcelona LIVE SCORE: Olaza OG puts ten-man Barca in control – stream FREE, TV, La Liga latest updates

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Barca are dominating possession, they’ve seen 65 per cent of the ball, however, they have only managed to register one shot on target.

Celta have been doing really well with what little possession they have had, they’re happy to let Barca play and hit them on the counter attack.

Massive second half for the home side as they look to get a goal back and possibly a winner against ten-men Barca.

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