Gilbert Burns’ six-fight unbeaten run got here to an abrupt finish by the hands of former teammate and reigning welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 258. Burns misplaced to the Nigerian nightmare through third-round TKO after a robust begin to the combat. Now that Durinho’s dream of turning into UFC champion has been postponed, if not shattered, let’s check out three potential opponents that take advantage of sense for his subsequent outing within the UFC octagon.
1. The winner of Leon Edwards vs Belal Muhammad
The winner of Leon Edwards vs Belal Muhammad and Gilbert Burns has one thing crucial to supply one another. Regardless of having scored many victories, each Muhammad and Edwards have by no means fought a giant title and lack the required publicity required to advertise a possible combat with champion Kamaru Usman. Gilbert Burns is coming off a loss in his final combat and the possibilities of different prime contenders accepting a combat with him are much less within the present situation. If Kamaru Usman’s lengthy medical suspension withstands, combating the winner of Edwards vs Muhammad could be an effective way for Gilbert Burns to remain lively with out essentially having to face up-and-coming fighters which are ranked properly under him. Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad are scheduled to combat on March 13, 2021.
2. Vicente Luque if he defeats Tyron Woodley
A tough loss in high-profile fights can have an effect on a fighter’s confidence in unprecedented methods. Taking fights in opposition to top-ranked fighters to make one other title may end up in damaging outcomes. Chris Weidman’s dropping skid after the Luke Rockhold loss is a sworn statement to this truth. A step down within the competitors permits a fighter to regain the arrogance to construct himself again up. Combating Vicente Luque, who will nonetheless be exterior the highest 5 with a possible win over Tyron Woodley, will just do that for Gilbert Burns. The combat favors Burns stylistically, as Burns has a formidable grappling background that threatens a predominantly putting arsenal of Luque. Vicente Luque is scheduled to combat Tyron Woodley at UFC 260 PPV occasion on March 27, 2021.
3. Colby Covington
Colby Covington might be the shortest path to a different title shot for Gilbert Burns. Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal intend to combat one another subsequent. No.1 ranked contender Colby Covington has already refused to combat Leon Edwards. If the UFC strikes forward with Usman vs Masvidal, it might doubtlessly be late 2021 or early 2022 earlier than one other welterweight title combat will get booked. Colby Covington and Gilbert Burns are ranked subsequent to one another within the division and ready for an prolonged time frame with out a combat is just not possible for Covington. Each fighters stand to achieve from the matchup as a win over one another will shortly warrant one other title shot, extra so for Covington, who had an in depth combat with Kamaru Usman in 2019.
Printed 19 Feb 2021, 05:52 IST