Ranked fighter shares rumor linked to Colby Covington’s UFC return
UFC star Gilbert Burns has claimed Colby Covington is likely to be out for the rest of the year.
dismount a melee against rising contender Khamzat Chimaev, former title challenger Burns lost nothing in April’s loss at UFC 273. Burns received praise for his rousing performance, which saw Chimaev face his toughest test yet. He broke the Chechen-born Swede 100 percent Finished Rate he maintained until his 11th bet.
Burns became an instant fan favorite and has been linked with a potential next outing with top-ten contender Jorge Masvidal, one of the sport’s biggest draws. A matchup with the prolific forward would turn into a fan-friendly affair that would give Burns an opportunity to make himself more popular in the community. However, Masvidal seemed to do it trace back on the prospect of facing ‘Durinho’.
With UFC planning a Pay per view In Brazil in January 2023, Burns was asked about the idea of facing former UFC Welterweight Champion Covington on the return of promotion to the country.
“That would be a dream,” he said The All Star.
Burns, who lives in the same South Florida city as Covington, shared the rumors he’d heard about Covington being sidelined until March 2023, making the dream booking unlikely.
“The rumors [were] that he was very bad. He had a neck injury, nerves were very bad – he lost a bit of movement in his neck. He kind of broke his jaw again, he had surgery and the surgery didn’t go well. He’s still doing PT (physical therapy), he doesn’t exercise. If all goes well, he won’t be back until March – that’s what I’ve heard.
“I don’t know if that’s true, but I do [heard] from guys who know him. I think it’s true because he was silent – he didn’t say anything. I think he will be out until March next year.”
Burns wants Masvidal ahead of Covington
Burns and Masvidal had been going back and forth on social media, exchanging verbal jabs at each other. The 36-year-old Brazilian had reported the two verbally agreed to a fight, indicating a booking would soon follow. However, Gamebred posted a cryptic message on its Twitter to indicate that the update was wrong.
With options at hand, Burns shared his priorities and set a timeline to face both men in the octagon.
“Colby is always an option, you know. If you ask me what the best option is for me I would say Masvisdal in December or January and Colby after that.”
“I don’t even know if that Masvidal fight is going to happen,” he added.
Masvidal rallied for a shot at Leon Edwards
Leon Edwards delivered one of the most shocking disturbs in mixed martial arts history when he defeated former welterweight champion and pound-for-pound king Kamaru Usman with a vicious headbutt in the main event of UFC 278 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Edwards had expressed interest in facing Masvidal in his first title defense and “Gamebred” responded positiveand stated that he would be willing to make it happen even if he didn’t see Edwards get past Usman.
Masvidal may have to accept his offer from Burns if he wants to fight as Usman is likely to get an immediate title rematch with Edwards.
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