“Gilbert is Next”- Dana White Shuts Down a Title Rematch For Jorge Masvidal

Published 07/18/2020, 3:55 AM EDT


Gilbert Burns took to Twitter and doubled down on his callout for a title-shot after being backed by Dana White. The Brazilian sided with the UFC President’s comments that a crack at gold was next for ‘Durinho’. Not to mention, Burns has been actively campaigning for his shot at title contention amidst the elite contenders at 170-pounds.

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Tell them know boss! https://t.co/Rqp7cyo62C

— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) July 17, 2020

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Dana White lays it out

Company president Dana White had spoken out at a media scrum ahead of UFC Fight Night 2 taking place in Abu Dhabi. He more or less confirmed that Gilbert Burns was next in line, thus ending rumors of potential slide-ins.

Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards have been pining for an opportunity to face ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ in respective rematches. The BMF in particular was keen on securing an immediate rematch following his defeat at UFC 251.

Gilbert Burns: A look back

The number one contender, Burns, has had a fairy-tale story in terms of his rise to prominence at 170-pounds. The former lightweight is on a 6-fight win streak that first began at 155-pounds. However, he actualized his potential in the division after a move-up in weight brought him tremendous success.

Moreover, this trend of fighting at one’s natural weight class has bourne much fruit for many elite fighters. Kelvin Gastelum, Thiago Santos, and Anthony Smith are but a few recent success stories. Additionally, the aforementioned fighters have all earned title shots through their respective performances at their natural weight class.

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Gilbert Burns found himself in the driver’s seat at Welterweight, putting together an impressive run. He most recently picked up victories over Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia that helped solidify his position. Not to mention, his hunger to stay active in the weight class has contributed to his meteoric rise.

‘Durinho’ found himself in a headlining opportunity for the undisputed championship at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi. However, in a woeful tale, he would test positive for COVID-19 and was swiftly ejected from the card. Since that moment he has publicly ensured that no other fighter jumps the line.

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Given his high profile wins, it is all but undeniable that the Brazilian is next for a shot against Kamaru Usman. Stylistically, the fight offers interesting variations that have fight fans excited.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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