Welterweight contender, Gilbert Burns calls out Dustin Poirier after Belal Muhammad declines battle at UFC 288

Gilbert Burns has his eyes set on a massive fight, and it’s not against Belal Muhammad. After Muhammad refused to fight at welterweight, Burns turned his attention to a top lightweight superstar.

Burns has been open about his dissatisfaction with the general disarray in the state of affairs in the welterweight class. Muhammad has made it known that his main issue lies with Colby Covington, who is seemingly set to receive the next UFC Welterweight Championship shot. Muhammad has not fought since his impressive second-round TKO win over Sean Brady at UFC 280.

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The Weight of the Game: Burns Calls Out Poirier for Epic Welterweight Showdown

After expressing interest in a major 170 lbs showdown with Muhammad, Burns made it clear that he expects Muhammad to make the 170 lbs limit for a bout between them to happen. However, since Muhammad recently came out of Ramadan, he was hopeful the bout could be contested at a catchweight, something Burns is not interested in.

In response to the weight argument, Burns has called out No.2-ranked lightweight star Dustin Poirier. ‘The Diamond’ has previously expressed interest in moving up to welterweight, and Burns thinks it would make for an entertaining fight. Despite Poirier’s recent victory over Michael Chandler at UFC 281 and is in the running for a shot at the UFC Lightweight Championship, he has responded positively to Burns’ callout, saying he could make weight and move forward with the bout for the right price.

While a Poirier vs. Burns showdown would undoubtedly be a blockbuster event, it remains to be seen whether Poirier will move up to welterweight so suddenly, given the rumblings of him facing Makhachev for the lightweight title.

Gilbert Burns: A Warrior’s Spirit and the Quest for the Ultimate Challenge in MMA

Fighters in the realm of mixed martial arts are always looking for the next big challenge, and Gilbert Burns is no exception. While his potential showdown with Belal Muhammad fell through, ‘Durinho’ wasted no time in turning his attention to one of the biggest names in the UFC lightweight division – Dustin Poirier.

With both fighters globally recognized for their striking and submission abilities, this very much would be a clash of titans that spectators would undoubtedly enjoy seeing. However, with Poirier potentially eyeing a chance at the lightweight belt, it’s unclear whether this fight will go place.

Regardless, Gilbert Burns is a top welterweight contender, and his desire to fight anybody anywhere is a tribute to his warrior spirit and passion for the sport. We can expect more entertaining fights and surprising twists and turns as the UFC continues to push the frontiers of combat sports.

Kushal Shinde

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