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The first major hurdle ahead of the short notice but highly-anticipated world title bout between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal has been cleared, as ‘Gamebred’ has passed his first Covid-19 test reports ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.

Each fighter taking part in this weekend’s card must overcome a battery of tests and periods of self-isolation ahead of making the walk to the cage in Abu Dhabi next Saturday night and, per Helwani, we are one step closer to that happening.

As Helwani notes, this is about as close as we can get to confirming Masvidal’s participation (for now, at least). Usman, of course, must also provide similar clean tests ahead of Saturday night.