Gilbert Burns recently provided his take on Tony Kelley’s controversial comments to Andrea Lee in-between rounds.
During Andrea Lee’s bout against Brazilian flyweight Viviane Araujo, Kelley was overheard calling Brazilians “dirty” . Many MMA pros condemned this kind of discrimination. Sadly, some spoke out in support of Kelley.
Kelley, who is a UFC fighter himself, was unapologetic about the incident and tried to blame backlash on ‘cancel culture’.
Burns recently shared his take on the controversy in an interview:
“It’s really hard to judge, you know. I hate to judge the guys at all. I don’t want to judge. But I think if you do make a mistake like that, don’t just come up out with these. Just come up and apologize. ”
“Be a man, man up. Like, you know what, I messed up, I said, I didn’t mean it. But I just think every time that you act and every time you do something wrong, bro we are humans, we gonna mess up… Be a man and apologize, that’s it.”
Burns also shared his prediction for the anticipated clash between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards.
Gilbert Burns is a longtime training partner of Kamaru Usman. Usman underwent hand surgery earlier this year and has been slow to recover thus far. Due to the innervation of the hand, it’s very important to properly recover.
In his analysis of the bout, “Durinho” revealed:
“I think Leon Edwards is very underrated. He’s very tough, he’s long, he’s a southpaw, he’s a good striker, he’s already a thing… And then he faced Kamaru back in the day, so he knows he’s been there before.”
“I think he’s got a great team, a very underrated team too. Those guys do an amazing job in the UK working for these guys. I just think he does have what it takes to beat Kamaru, and I think it’s going to be a very close fight. I think he might be able to get it done. I think Kamaru has gotta take that fight super seriously.”