After Retiring Jorge Masvidal, Gilbert Burns Threatens to Leave the UFC: “If You Don’t Give Me…”

Published 04/09/2023, 4:02 AM EDT

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Brazilian ace Gilbert Burns displayed an amazing performance at UFC 287. He defeated Jorge Masvidal via a unanimous decision to inch toward his quest for the welterweight title. Moreover, during the post-fight press conference, ‘Durinho’ warned the UFC to leave the promotion if he doesn’t get a title shot next.

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Burns and Masvidal had a solid fight at UFC 287 in Miami. Both fighters went back and forth through the 15 minutes of the bout. But the Brazilian came out on top with the win and now seeks to fight for the title. ‘Durinho’ has warned the UFC about it.

Gilbert Burns demands a title shot

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The 5th-ranked welterweight fighter mentioned in the press conference that he only wants to fight for the title. Burns started by mentioning that the Colby Covington vs Leon Edwards fight is going to take place anyhow. But he also has his sights on the title. ‘Durinho’ said, “I wanna get back out.” 

He added, “I am going to. I’m not asking. I am demanding that I’m going to because whenever they ask, anytime the UFC gives me a call, asking for opponents, I say yes. And now, I’m demanding.” Gilbert Burns also mentioned that he wants to be the backup for the Covington vs Edwards fight and believes he’s next in line for the championship bragging rights. He said, “I am going to do my training camp for five rounds, go to London, I’ll be the backup and I’m next in line to fight for the title, otherwise let me go, my guy.”

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‘Durinho’ may leave UFC if he doesn’t get a title shot

Burns made it clear that he wants to fight for the championship or else he might consider leaving the UFC altogether. He said, “Let me do my thing, you know. These guys making a million dollars a year and (if) other organizations step up, that’s it.”

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He added, “I am fighting, I’m a backup for the next fight and I’m fighting for the title next. I am already demanding that I am not fitting anyone. If you don’t give me a shot, let me go… I am demanding a title shot or let me go.”

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Dana White is adamant that ‘Chaos’ Covington is the next in line to challenge Leon Edwards. However, Burns wants in after that fight. He is considering other options. We will have to wait and see what follows. What do you make of Burns’ comments? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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