‘You Claim You Are Untouchable, Fight Me’- Gilbert Burns Challenges Nate Diaz for a 5 Round War

Published 08/02/2021, 3:24 PM EDT
BRASILIA, BRAZIL – MARCH 14: Gilbert Burns of Brazil celebrates after his TKO victory over Demian Maia of Brazil in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event on March 14, 2020 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC)


UFC elite Gilbert Burns has continued his efforts in calling out veteran Nate Diaz for a battle later this year. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master is currently on cloud nine after his latest victory over a dangerous karate mauler Stephen Thompson at UFC 264.

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Burns clearly wants to make something big after this win. He grappled out the ‘Wonderboy’ and stormed back into the title fight scene. He had called out Leon Edwards too, but quickly turned his attention to Diaz.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 05: Nate Diaz reacts to his victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in their welterweight bout during the UFC 196 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Diaz meanwhile made his long-awaited return to the octagon when he fought against Edwards at UFC 263. Although he wasn’t successful in his attempt as Edwards picked up a dominant unanimous decision win. Despite that, the crowd in Arizona gave a vociferous reaction to the Stockton native’s return to the UFC.

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Burns took to Twitter and wrote, You claim you are gangsta, you claim you are untouchable, fight me @NateDiaz209….I dare you. MSG, November 2021. 5 rounds #RealGangster #DontBeScaredHomie.”

This isn’t all. Last weekend, he had called out the Stockton native where he even placed a bet if Diaz accepted his challenge. He wrote, Hey guys, when I was fighting @NateDiaz209was 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. #DontBeScaredHomie.”

It will be interesting to see if UFC books this fight. It’s unusual for one of the top-ranked fighters to call out someone who has just lost. But Diaz is different. He generates PPV buys and interest amongst the fans and of course, the money.

Gilbert Burns gives a prediction for Kamaru Usman vs Nate Diaz rematch

Recently, the UFC supremo Dana White made an official announcement for the title rematch between Usman and Covington. The mouthwatering clash is set to headline UFC 268, targeted for the Madison Square Garden.

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Gilbert Burns (20-4), who himself fought for the title earlier this year, gave his prediction for the rematch. In an interview with ESPN, ‘Durinho’ said, “I think it’s going to be different, you know. It has to be different. I see, as of right now, Kamaru is a favorite. He just got three fights after that fight.”

“One was, let’s say, ‘boring’ one against Masvidal, the first one in Abu Dhabi. Then he freaking finished me, he finished Masvidal, he’s been looking amazing. He’s a beast, a gas tank, too. Colby Covington beat [Tyron] Woodley, but Woodley came losing ten rounds to that fight,” he added.

It’s going to be a war this time around, too. Both fighters had an instant classic last time around. ‘Chaos’ probably gave the hardest competition to ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ and would expect to grab the belt this time around.

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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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