UFC star Gilbert Burns has claimed Colby Covington will likely be out for the rest of the year.
Get out of a close battle against rising prospect Khamzat Chimaev, former title challenger Burns didn’t lose stock in April’s loss at UFC 273. Burns received praise for putting in a thrilling performance that saw Chimaev go through his toughest test to date. He broke 100% the Swede of Chechen origin to end pace he had maintained until his 11th outing.
Burns has become an instant fan favorite and has been linked with a potential next outing with top-ten ranked contender Jorge Masvidal, one of the sport’s biggest draws. A clash with the prolific striker would be a fan-friendly affair, giving Burns an opportunity to endear himself more to the community. However, Masvidal seemed go back on the prospect of facing ‘Durinho’.
With the UFC planning a pay per view in Brazil in January 2023, Burns was asked about the idea of facing former interim UFC welterweight champion Covington when the promotion returns to the country.
“It would be a dream,” he said The All Star.
Burns, who lives in the same town as Covington in South Florida, shared rumors that Covington will be out of action until March 2023, making the dream booking unlikely.
“Rumors [were] that he was very bad. He had a neck injury, the nerves were very bad – he lost some movement in his neck. He broke his jaw again, he had surgery and the operation didn’t go well. He’s still doing PT (physiotherapy), he’s not training. If all goes well, he won’t be back until March – that’s what I’ve heard.
“I don’t know if it’s true, but I [heard] of guys who know him. I think it’s true because he was silent – he didn’t say anything. I think he is out until March next year.
Burns wants Masvidal before Covington
Burns and Masvidal had been going back and forth on social media, trading verbal jabs at each other. The 36-year-old Brazilian had reported that the two verbally agreed to a fight, indicating that a booking would soon follow. However, “Gamebred” posted a cryptic message on his Twitter to indicate that the update was fake.
Considering the options ahead, Burns shared his priorities and set out a schedule to face the two men inside the octagon.
“Colby is always an option, you know. If you ask me which is the best option for me, I would say Masvisdal in December or January, and Colby after that.
“I don’t even know if this Masvidal fight is going to happen,” he added.
Masvidal was rallying for a shot at Leon Edwards
Leon Edwards pulled off one of the most shocking upsets in mixed martial arts history when he knocked out 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 competing against Masvidal in his first title defense, and ‘Gamebred’ responded positivelystating that he would be ready to make it happen even if he didn’t see Edwards passing Usman.
Masvidal may have to accept Burns’ offer if he wants to fight, as Usman will likely get an immediate title rematch with Edwards.