‘How About That Burnt’- Nate Diaz Responds to Gilbert Burns $200k Bet

Published 07/31/2021, 11:21 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 20: Nate Diaz eyes Conor McGregor from across the Octagon before their welterweight rematch at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor won by majority decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


UFC welterweight veteran Nate Diaz has responded to Gilbert Burns after the latter accused him of running away from a potential fight. The Stockton native made his long-awaited return against Leon Edwards at UFC 263.

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‘Durinho’ is chasing Diaz for a while now. He is eyeing a match with the Stockton native at Madison Square Garden. This clearly shows he wants to fight him at UFC 268, the proposed event for the welterweight title fight between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington.

Burns, who fought for the title at UFC 258, wrote on Twitter, Hey guys, when I was fighting @NateDiaz209 was running his mouth. Now I’m free, and he is free, he is running away.@NateDiaz209 let’s fight at MSG for 5 rounds. Loser has to pay the winner extra $200K. Niteroi RJ vs Stockton CA.”

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Burns was talking about his match with Stephen Thompson at UFC 264. Diaz had tweeted back then and had asked to fight a guy who uses KOs. Burns clearly thought he was referencing him and thus had lashed out at him on the same.

In the match against a striking specialist like Thompson, ‘Burns’ performance was heavily criticized as he won the fight by a canvas grind.

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Diaz, though, replied the Brazilian recently and even said he could fight him in a bathroom. The fan-favorite wrote, “Nah. I’ll fight you in a bathroom somewhere b*tch. How about that burnt.” A fan shared the screenshot of the tweet as Diaz deleted this later.

Well, the Twitter war doesn’t seem to end so soon. Ever since his win over Thompson, Burns has called out many fighters and Diaz is one of them.

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Burns (20-4) enjoyed a winning spree of 6 fights before getting downed eventually by Usman at UFC 258. With a win over ‘Wonderboy’, he has re-entered the title fight scene and would consider himself one or two fights away from another shot at gold.

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Diaz (20-13), as mentioned, returned after a 2-year hiatus against Edwards. For most of the match, ‘Rocky’ dominated him but Diaz gave him a scare in round 5 when his left punch almost brought an end to the match.

Although Diaz is far away from a title fight, he is still a money-making fighter and thus most of the guys want to fight him. It will be interesting to see how UFC goes with this.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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