‘Only One Guy Was Able to Control Him’- Gilbert Burns Fires Back at Dana White for His Comments on his Win Over Stephen Thompson

Published 07/12/2021, 12:20 AM EDT


Gilbert Burns took to social media and responded to critics who had plenty to say after his last fight. ‘Durinho’ faced Stephen Thompson in the co-main event for UFC 264 that went down in Las Vegas. The fight was a close contest, however, well-timed takedowns were crucial for Burns to secure the victory on the scorecards.

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After the fight, UFC President Dana White was asked to share his views on the co-main event match. White wasn’t too happy with the contest and it was clear he was hoping for a higher activity rate. Gilbert Burns provided some resistance and doubled down on the fact that he fought Thompson the right way.

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Traditionally, it’s been exceedingly difficult to turn in a good performance against an unorthodox fighter like Thompson. His fighting stance and the pace he puts on his opponents make it hard to figure out a decisive way to beat him. Chiefly, former champion Tyron Woodley too was slammed when he fought Thompson back in the day.

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What’s next for Gilbert Burns after UFC 264?

After defeating ‘Wonderboy’, Burns called out Jorge Masvidal, Leon Edwards, and Nate Diaz to scrap. The aforementioned welterweights are the most prominent names in the division and it’s no surprise Burns wants them next. Considering he just got a title shot in his previous fight, Burns will need a few more wins to get back to contention.

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Gilbert Burns is ranked number 2 in the welterweight and will have no choice but to fight below him in the rankings. Burns hasn’t faced many fighters in the upper echelon of the welterweight division thus there are several new match-ups to make next. He’s got an exciting fighting style and never hesitates to push the pace.

Kamaru Usman has maintained a stranglehold over the division and it seems like he’ll be ruling the roost for a meaningful period of time. Burns will be hoping for things to change with respect to the title landscape so he can re-enter the conversation.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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