Gilbert Burns is on the verge of making history as one of the most active stars in the UFC, within a short time frame.
With a first-round submission victory over Neil Magny at UFC 283 on January 21, followed by an outpointing of Jorge Masvidal at UFC 287 on April 8, Burns is now set to face Belal Muhammad in the co-main event at UFC 288 on May 6. The winner of this highly-anticipated matchup is guaranteed to be the next No. 1 contender in the welterweight division.
In fact many UFC fans are upset that this much activity doesn’t amount to a title shot over Colby Covington’s prolonged break and lackluster win over Masvidal.
But nobody could’ve anticipated the controversy that would ensue. Doing an interview with Submission radio Burns appeared to have slipped up. Here’s what he said verbatim:
“Change a lot of bad habits since November, I introduced a lot of stero-, a lot of things to my training routine, to my lifestyle”
UFC fans had some peculiar reactions after the said clip went viral and received over 600k views in a singe day.
Underrated Juicer Gilbert Burns, super sauced pic.twitter.com/jDXdq6U0av
— Jimbo J (@Jimbo_J_) April 13, 2023
— LJT (@FormYtp) April 25, 2023
“I add a lot to my TREN routine” pic.twitter.com/akZffiwvMb
— MAKHACHEV.ETH (@abdussalaamMMA) April 25, 2023
After Charles Oliveira’s withdrawal from UFC 288, Burns offered to fill the gap and suggested Colby Covington as his potential opponent. However, the UFC said that Covington was not available. Burns then suggested Belal Muhammad, but he encountered some difficulties in convincing him to accept the bout.
Muhammad initially declined, stating that he could not make weight, then he asked for more money. On Monday morning, the card was on, but it was off again by Monday night. Finally, Hunter Campbell called Burns on Tuesday to confirm the card, but Muhammad wanted five rounds.
Despite the challenges he faced in finding an opponent, Burns is drawing motivation from the fact that Muhammad recently defeated his best friend, Vicente Luque, in the UFC on ESPN 34 headliner in April 2022.
Burns believes that Luque would have beaten Muhammad on a normal day, but Muhammad was having his best day while Luque was not. Burns is now focused on beating Muhammad and becoming the next No. 1 contender in the welterweight division.
Since 2014, Benny A. King has been fully immersed in the world of combat sports. Starting with a blog about Greco Roman wrestling, Benny’s passion for combat sports has led him to explore various disciplines.