UFC welterweight contender Gilbert Burns he has listed two potential opponents that could lead him back to a title shot.
Burns fell short in his attempt to capture the Welterweight Championship from Kamaru Usman at UFC 258, falling in a TKO loss despite a strong start to the fight.
Two opponents who could lead him back to a title fight
However, during a recent interview, Burns made it clear that he is not giving up on his dream of becoming the 170-pound champion.
“At first, when I got back to the hotel, I was already thinking, ‘OK, I want to fight Colby next. So Colby is fighting Leon Edwards. ‘Okay, give me Michael Chiesa.’ The names went. Maybe ‘Wonderboy’. But to be honest, right now I don’t know. I just saw Colby-Leon, I don’t think it’s going to happen. That was the one that should happen. We’ll see. We have some time now, especially with the whole division fired like this. It looks like Kamaru is going to fight Jorge Masvidal.
“One fight and back to the title would only be Colby Covington. That is the only one. Or Leon Edwards, if until May he has no other opponent, and then I fight him. That is the fight. So I don’t know who I want. I love each and every one of these guys. I will fight Khamzat. I will fight ‘Wonderboy’. I will fight Michael Chiesa. It depends. If the UFC says you need two fights then I’ll be a little behind in the rankings and then a guy up front in the rankings, but if they say a fight, that’s fine, give me Colby Covington.
On social media after the defeat, Burns was honest in his assessment of what happened in the loss to Usman.
“I didn’t get the results I wanted on Saturday. This is what happens sometimes when you seek greatness. Say this my everything. The best preparation certainly felt great, and clearly not good enough. I am depressed but never out. I think everything happens for a reason. I believe and serve God! This is my journey, no excuses, no regrets. Thank you all for the kind messages and support. It really means a lot to me, I appreciate you guys! This one really hurts a lot, but it’s a pain I’m very familiar with! «.
“Durinho” knows that his early fall from UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman brought too much emotion to the surface, and the lack of patience ultimately proved costly.
«It is always painful, but as the days go by, I feel better. I watched the fight multiple times, possibly more than 20 times already. I started very well and lost my patience. I saw the knockout and started chasing it too much, loaded a lot of punches. I was out of my zone at the time, but I was there.
“If I had a little more patience, a little more relaxed, even if I was listening to Vicente Luque, the things he said to me, ‘Hey, don’t load. Keep the punches fast. He’s not fighting you. ‘ When I was trying to be fast and not charge, he didn’t find any hits for me, nothing. The head movement was on the point. The footwork was on. But as soon as I hit it hard once I got out of there and it was hard to get back to my flow mode«.
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