“Nothing but respect”: Dana White lauds Gilbert Burns for fighting Belal Muhammad despite shoulder injury at UFC 288

UFC President Dana White had nothing but respect for Gilbert Burns after his impressive performance against Belal Muhammad at UFC 288. Burns overcame a shoulder injury to compete against Muhammad in their welterweight bout, and the victor is currently expected to fight the winner of Colby Covington vs. Leon Edwards for the championship.

Muhammad’s game plan looked to be better than Burns, as he won via unanimous decision. However, Burns’ toughness impressed both fans and White. White described Burns as an “absolute savage,” stating that his willingness to fight with a shoulder injury was not shocking given his recent performances.

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Gilbert Burns Leaves Lasting Impression Despite Loss to Muhammad: UFC Welterweight Division Heats Up with Next Contender

Burns’ recent fights, including his bout against Khamzat Chimaev and his fight in Miami a few weeks ago, have left a lasting impression on White. Despite losing to Muhammad, Burns’ tough performance and impressive resume have earned him a lot of respect in the UFC.

During the post-fight press conference, White confirmed that Muhammad is next in line to face the winner of the upcoming Colby Covington vs. Leon Edwards matchup. Muhammad has a strong streak, having triumphed in nine of his last 10 contests. Leon Edwards, the current champion at 170-pounds, was the subject of his lone no-contest.

Muhammad’s winning streak includes victories over the likes of Stephen Thompson, Gilbert Burns, Vicente Luque, Sean Brady, and Demian Maia. His most recent victory against Burns solidified his position as one of the top welterweight contenders. As for Edwards vs. Covington, the fight is yet to be booked.

Edwards is targeting a return in October after dealing with some existing issues. His ambition to compete on the Abu Dhabi card later this year has been made known. However, only time will tell when the UFC will book the matchup.

The Welterweight Division Heats Up: Edwards vs. Covington and the Implications of Burns vs. Muhammad

Fans are anxiously awaiting the clash between Edwards and Covington since they have been engaged in a verbal battle for months. In conclusion, UFC 288 provided fans with an exciting welterweight bout between Burns and Muhammad. Despite suffering an injury, Burns showed his toughness, earning the respect of fans, and UFC President Dana White.

Muhammad will hopefully face the victor of the Covington vs. Edwards fight as his spectacular victory against Burns solidified his position as a top welterweight contender. With exciting matchups on the horizon, the UFC continues to provide fans with thrilling combat sports action.

Kushal Shinde

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