‘Nate Diaz Doesn’t Deserve to Fight Me’- Gilbert Burns Makes a Bold Statement Ahead of UFC 264

Published 07/09/2021, 2:42 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 10: Gilbert Burns speaks to the media during the UFC 258 Media Day at UFC APEX on February 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Gilbert Burns will fight Stephen Thompson in the co-main event at UFC 264. ‘Durinho’, who is coming off a loss in a title fight against Kamaru Usman, will look to secure his position in the welterweight roster by bagging a win this weekend.

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However, in the talks with the media ahead of the big PPV this Saturday, Burns shared his opinion over a fight against the Stockton native Nate Diaz. He said, “For sure, easy fight, easy money. For sure, I’ll fight Nate any day of the week and not on my plans right now. I don’t think he deserves to fight me right now. I’m number two in the world right now, but he’s a big fight, brings a lot of eyes, lot of fans, why not?”

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He added, “He just came from two losses and the two-loss that he have, those two guys lost to the guy that beat me. Those two losses. Who was that? Masvidal and Leon Edwards. Kamaru beat both and then I lost to Kamaru, so not much I can say about it. I kind of try to keep it respect to all these OG guys in the UFC, but at the end of the day, your guy got so many losses that I’ll fight him for sure, but I’m not chasing that fight, you know. I’m chasing the belt.”

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The Brazilian fighter is not interested in fighting Diaz next. Instead, he is aiming for the welterweight gold.

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The former welterweight contender, Gilbert Burns, lost his shot at the welterweight gold against ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’. ‘Durinho’, who was on an amazing six-win streak before Usman beat him, will look to bounce back quickly.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 30: Gilbert Burns of Brazil reacts after his victory over Tyron Woodley in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

He will clash against ‘Wonderboy’ at UFC 264. The (19-4) record holder is currently #2 on the welterweight roster. This makes him a viable prospect for the 170lbs gold.

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However, Colby Covington is already in the line for the gold strap. Meanwhile, Leon Edwards is also relevant in the picture after a spectacular win over Diaz. Nevertheless, a win over Thompson this Saturday will cement his position in the division and also increase Burns’s chances for the title fight after ‘Chaos’.

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What do you make of Gilbert Burns’s words? Will he win the fight against Stephen Thompson this weekend and move closer to the belt? Let us know in the comment section below.

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