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 strong start to the fight. Now that Durinho’s dream of changing 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. Despite having scored many victories, each Muhammad and Edwards have by no means fought an enormous title and lack the required publicity required to advertise a possible struggle with champion Kamaru Usman. Gilbert Burns is coming off a loss in his final struggle and the possibilities of different high contenders accepting a struggle with him are much less within the present state of affairs. If Kamaru Usman’s lengthy medical suspension withstands, preventing the winner of Edwards vs Muhammad could be a good way for Gilbert Burns to remain lively with out essentially having to face up-and-coming fighters which can be ranked effectively under him. Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad are scheduled to fight 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 can lead to unfavourable outcomes. Chris Weidman‘s losing skid after the Luke Rockhold loss is an affidavit to this reality. A step down within the competitors permits a fighter to regain the boldness to construct himself again up. Fighting 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 struggle favors Burns stylistically, as Burns has a formidable grappling background that threatens a predominantly placing arsenal of Luque. Vicente Luque is scheduled to struggle Tyron Woodley at UFC 260 PPV event on March 27, 2021.
3. Colby Covington
Colby Covington may very well be the shortest path to a different title shot for Gilbert Burns. Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal intend to struggle one another subsequent. No.1 ranked contender Colby Covington has already refused to struggle Leon Edwards. If the UFC strikes forward with Usman vs Masvidal, it may doubtlessly be late 2021 or early 2022 earlier than one other welterweight title struggle 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 no struggle is just not possible for Covington. Both fighters stand to realize from the matchup as a win over one another will rapidly warrant one other title shot, extra so for Covington, who had an in depth struggle with Kamaru Usman in 2019.
Published 19 Feb 2021, 05:52 IST