“You Are Going to Retire Jorge Masvidal”: Fans React as Gilbert Burns Appears Massive Ahead of UFC 287

Published 03/15/2023, 2:15 PM EDT

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The year 2023 came with a lot of surprises for UFC fans. The most important one was that a number of popular fighters decided to come back to the octagon. This paved the way for some thrilling match-ups and electrifying fights. One of the highly anticipated events of the year was the bout between Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane. ‘Bones’ came back to the octagon after three long years and effortlessly captured the heavyweight throne. Among some other fighters, Jorge Masvidal too stayed out of the octagon and is now getting ready to make a comeback against Gilbert Burns at UFC 287.

Burns and Masvidal are all set to lock horns in the co-main event on April 8th. ‘Durinho’, who is still basking in the glow of his last victory against Neil Magny, is now getting ready to face ‘Gamebred’.

Masvidal stayed away from the octagon after his loss against Colby Covington at UFC 272, held on March 5, 2022. At the moment, to face his upcoming opponent, the Brazilian has made sure that he adds some size to his body. The recent social media post of the 36-year-old fighter proved that he succeeded in the attempt.


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Fans react after seeing the bulked-up Gilbert Burns

Before his victory against Magny, ‘Durinho’ lost the bout against Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 273. Even though Burns lost the bout via a decision in the third round, he received a lot of appreciation for his ferocious moves against the undefeated fighter. The 21-5-0 record holder is not ready to fall short against Masvidal, and he is training hard. His recent photo is an example of the same.

Burns posted a photo of himself in which it was evident that the UFC star has bulked up a lot. Along with the photo, the Brazilian fighter wrote, “Trabalhando! Working! #ufc287.” Fans were not able to contain their excitement when they came across ‘Durinho’ with a massive physique.

Here is how fans reacted after seeing the massive Burns

A huge fan of ‘Durinho’ commented that he would be the next welterweight champion.

Another fan wrote that Masvidal would retire after losing the bout.

One fan felt that it was a photoshopped image!

One of the fans also commented on the massive look of the Brazilian fighter.

One fan was confident that Burns would retire Masvidal.

Contrary to the majority’s opinion, one of the fans felt that the BMF of the UFC is going to win

One fan asked the Brazilian to finish Masvidal.


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UFC 287 is scheduled for April 8th, where Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya will come face-to-face for the main event. Burns and Masvidal will lock horns for the co-main event. If Gamebred lost the bout, it could be the biggest setback in his fighting career, as Masvidal is currently on a three-fight losing streak.

How do you think the fight would pan out? Let us know in the comments below.


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Priyanka is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. She has been an ardent fan of the UFC since 2018. She is passionate when it comes to writing about the sport and this is evident in her articles.

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