‘You Call Masvidal Out Now You Don’t Want to Fight’ – Gilbert Burns Refutes Leon Edwards’ Title Shot Claim

Published 09/16/2021, 1:16 PM 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)


Leon Edwards and Jorge Masvidal have a history dating back to UFC London, where both the fighters clashed in a backstage brawl. ‘The Gamebred’ served ‘Rocky’ a three-piece and a soda. Ever since then, the British fighter has been looking to settle this beef inside the octagon. However, just as the promotion was about to set up the fight, Edwards backed off.

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This didn’t settle well with Gilbert Burns, who quickly responded by taking a dig at Edwards. He took to his official Twitter account and wrote, “You are scared! You call Masvidal out now you don’t want to fight. And you call me out only when I have a title shot, now is ducking! You are fake”

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However, ‘Durinho’ didn’t stop there. He posted another tweet referring to the Edwards’ backstage brawl with Masvidal and called him crazy for denying the fight.

Burns wrote, “Man, this makes zero sense to me. First, the guy hit you with 3 pieces and a on your own country nothing happened. You being asking for this fight for years, last month you just did and now you turn the fight down. It’s just me or this guy doesn’t like to fight? It’s crazy!”

The Brazilian fighter is recently coming off a win against Stephen Thompson at UFC 264. He is willing to get back into the octagon as soon as possible, and this clearly seems a call out for Edwards. Will this fight happen?

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Will Gilbert Burns vs Leon Edwards Happen

Durinho‘ lost his first-ever title shot against Kamaru Usman at UFC 258. However, he came back to the win column after defeating Stephen Thompson. He has been waiting for a fight since then.

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Meanwhile, Leon Edwards has been absolutely amazing since his last loss to Usman. Currently on a nine-fight win streak, he now claims that he wants to fight for the UFC welterweight gold.

However, the promotion has set up a rematch between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington for the welterweight title at UFC 268. Hence, Leon Edwards has been left out of the picture.

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Meanwhile, Burns is currently #2 in the welterweight roster, and Edwards is #3. Hence, a square-off between them might be a viable decision for the promotion. Also, the fight will garner a lot of attention from the combat fans as both the men are the most prominent names in the welterweight division.

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Do you think this fight will come to fruition?

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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