Mike Brown Unable to Corner Jorge Masvidal After Testing Positive for COVID-19

By Tristen Critchfield Jul 7, 2020

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American Top Team coach Mike Brown won’t be in Jorge Masvidal’s corner at UFC 251 on Saturday after testing positive for COVID-19.

Along with Brown, ATT coach Gabriel de Oliveira also tested positive. As a result, neither cornerman was able to fly on the UFC’s charter plane from Las Vegas to Abu Dhabi on Monday. Combate was first to report the news.

It is currently unclear who will corner Masvidal, who accepted a welterweight championship fight against Kamaru Usman on less than a week’s notice. Masvidal stepped in for Gilbert Burns, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. Masvidal passed his pre-fight screening in Las Vegas and flew to Abu Dhabi via private jet on Monday.

Brown is a longtime coach at ATT, a former World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champion and a UFC veteran.

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