‘Give Me Colby Covington’- Gilbert Burns Opens Up on What’s Next for Him After the Loss to Kamaru Usman

Published 02/18/2021, 5:55 AM EST


Gilbert Burns lost to his former teammate Kamaru Usman at UFC 258. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ managed to get a TKO win despite an early flurry from ‘Durinho’ who caught Usman with an overhand hook and almost dropped the champion.

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That was the most trouble Usman has been in, in his UFC career. Unfortunately, Burns rushed too much and couldn’t finish the champion. He gassed himself out in the process, which led to the finish. Now, the former challenger is looking to get back on the horse and be back in title contention sooner rather than later. And he has some choice opponents in mind.

“One fight and back to the title would only be Colby Covington. That’s the only one. Or Leon Edwards, if until May he doesn’t get another opponent, and then I fight him. That’s the fight. So I don’t know who I want. I want every single one of these guys,” said Burns in a recent interview.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 13: (L-R) Gilbert Burns of Brazil punches Kamaru Usman of Nigeria in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 258 event at UFC APEX on February 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“I’ll fight Khamzat. I’ll fight ‘Wonderboy.’ I’ll fight Michael Chiesa. It depends. If the UFC says you need two fights, then I’ll be a little bit behind on the rankings and then a guy upfront on the rankings, but if they say one fight, OK, give me Colby Covington,” he added.

Is Gilbert Burns vs Colby Covington the fight to make?

Covington had his title shot in 2019 against Usman, but after a war, he got finished with under a minute left in the fifth round. However, a rematch is almost certain to happen down the line as any fighter could have won the fight. But for now, Kamaru Usman looks set to fight Jorge Masvidal next.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: (R-L) Colby Covington punches Tyron Woodley in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Chaos‘ is omnipresent at the top of the welterweight division. After finishing Tyron Woodley in his last outing, he is looking to make his way back to the throne too. A fight against Burns certainly makes the most sense for both fighters in the current context of the UFC welterweight division.

Who is next for ‘Durinho’? Let us know your thoughts below.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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