Gilbert Burns only wants a big fight next.
Burns is coming off a back-and-forth war with Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 273 last month.
Despite suffering a unanimous decision defeat, some felt Burns did enough to win. Even if that wasn’t the case, the Brazilian’s stock certainly rose immensely given his performance.
With all that considered, “Durinho” now wants a big name for his next fight.
As for who makes sense as of now, he has two names in mind. And he doesn’t even mind waiting if those are the fights he can land next.
“I think the fight that makes sense right now would be Colby Covington or Jorge Masvidal,” Burns told MMA Junkie. “Those are the two fights that I wanted, even with all the legal things. If I have to wait, I’ll wait. I don’t care. Those are the fights that make sense and I want them.
“I don’t want to get another back-of-the-line contender. No, now I’m becoming a draw in that division. Now I’m on the cards. I’ll still fight anyone, don’t get me wrong, but you have to prove your point, that you deserve to be there right now.
“I’m putting so much work and giving opportunity to these guys, but now that’s changing a little bit and those are the two fights that I want. Colby Covington makes sense and Jorge Masvidal makes sense.”
Gilbert Burns Wants To Capitalize On Wave
Burns is certainly a lot more popular and respected than he was a few years ago.
He credits that for the hard work he’s put in and with all his newfound support, he is hoping to show what he’s capable of against a big name.
Eventually, the end goal remains the same — getting the welterweight title.
“I always wanted to be that guy and I put in a lot of work for that,” Burns said. “It finally (happened). I have to get on that wave right now and take advantage. The amount of following and love from the fans is getting crazy. The opportunities now and deals I’m getting are kind of changing and that’s going to transfer to the fight.
“My next fight I’m coming with blood in my mouth. That fight with Khamzat was so close. A lot of people saw the heart, the work, and that there’s no quit in me. I’m going to keep showing that in my next fight. With a big name, I’m going to show people what I’m capable of. And to cement my career and journey, I have to get that belt. And nothing but a big fight can get me closer to that.”
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