“Let me go, my guy”: Gilbert Burns threatens to quit UFC if Dana White fails to meet his demands

In the co-main event of UFC 287 a few days ago, Gilbert Burns continued his winning streak by decisively defeating Jorge Masvidal. Burns, though, made a resounding declaration about receiving a title shot during the post-fight press conference.

After a nine-month absence, the Brazilian fighter returned to the octagon on January 21 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. In a fight that lasted less than five minutes, Burns defeated Neil Magny. In less than three months, Durinho defeated Gamebred by unanimous decision on April 8 at the Miami-Dade Arena in Miami, Florida.


What did Gilbert Burns say about his planned future career quest?

Burns’ desire for a shot at the title is only understandable in the wake of two consecutively impressive wins. The Brazilian fighter wanted a title bout from the UFC President, going beyond simple requests.

“I’d almost say it’s a done deal, Colby vs Leon in London, if I’m not wrong. It’s almost a done deal. I wanna be a backup, I’m going to. I’m not asking. I’m demanding that. ”said Burns. 

Leon Edwards, the current welterweight division champion, will face Colby Covington to defend his belt, according to a previous announcement by Dana White. Based on the most recent specific updates, the two may fight in London in July. Burns intends to participate in London and hopes to serve as the title fight’s backup fighter.

“And now I’m demanding I’m going out there. I’m gonna do my training camp for five rounds. I [will] go to London, I’ll be the backup and I’m next in line to fight for the title. Otherwise let me go, my guy. Let me do my thing.” Burns added. 

The 36-year-old fighter has previously faced Khamzat Chimaev and Kamaru Usman, but he lost both matches. Nonetheless, the fifth-ranked welterweight believes he should be the next to receive the cherished golden strap.

Do you believe Gilbert Burns should get the opportunity to face the victor of the fight between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington? Or he should fight Belal Muhammad or Shavkat Rakhmonov next? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

Khandaker Muntasir

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As a passionate UFC enthusiast, Khandaker Muntasir Hossain provides coverage of MMA, wrestling, and boxing on multiple platforms. With his deep knowledge of sports, he immerses readers in the excitement of various arenas, whether it's the octagon, squared circle, pitch, court, or ring. Through his writing and love for sports, he aims to motivate others to explore their own sporting interests and experience the magic that sports bring.


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