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.
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.
“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.
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.
‘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.
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