LAS VEGAS – Gilbert Burns has fairly the listing for his potential opponents.
The previous UFC title challenger has a number of names in his thoughts for future fights now that he’s again within the win column. Burns (19-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) defeated long-time welterweight contender Stephen Thompson in a unanimous decision win within the co-main occasion of Saturday’s UFC 264 pay-per-view.
Burns is aware of a title shot isn’t coming his method anytime quickly having not too long ago lost to champion Kamaru Usman again in February at UFC 258. The Brazilian is keen to battle once more for the belt and needs an October or November return towards Nate Diaz, Jorge Masvidal, or Leon Edwards.
“I simply took the NMF belt, I can take the BMF belt too,” Burns informed reporters on the UFC 264 post-fight press convention. “If Leon needs it, he can get it. If Nate needs it, he can get it. I do know I simply obtained a title shot. I can’t ask for one more title shot, I don’t consider they’ll give to me.
“I need to hold working and keep disciplined. I nonetheless want to search out that steadiness of staying disciplined, but in addition get that end. I simply must hold working, give me anybody of those guys. I just like the Masvidal battle loads, however he simply obtained two losses. He makes some huge cash, so you must give me an additional examine. I’d battle him, however put me on a pay-per-view card and I’ll battle him.”
It’s unsure who will Burns get subsequent. For now, Burns will relaxation from his three-round bout towards Thompson, which he considers a really particular second of his preventing profession.
“I really feel good, I really feel particular,” Burns stated. “I simply misplaced a title shot after which I’ve to return and beat a man that’s very harmful. The sport plan was to remain disciplined, fingers up, take him down, smash him, be certain I management him after I take him down, don’t hunt for the submission within the first spherical like I did with Woodley after which find yourself shedding. So keep on high, management and smash, that was the sport plan. However for certain, I all the time need to end. I felt dangerous I didn’t get a end, however I beat a man that lots of guys doesn’t need to battle. I really feel particular.”