BOCA RATON, Fla. – Gilbert Burns signed up for what many on the high of the UFC’s welterweight division had been avoiding: a combat towards Khamzat Chimaev.
The previous UFC title challenger welcomes Chimaev to the elite of the division and appears to grow to be the primary particular person at hand the rising star his first defeat. The are set to satisfy on the pay-per-view most important card of UFC 273 on April 9.
Burns (20-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) sees Chimaev as a giant gamble given there has but to be a blueprint on find out how to beat the 27-year-old. However even then, there was by no means a considered passing up the combat for Burns.
“I’ve two aims within the UFC. The primary is combat towards the hardest within the division, and the second is grow to be champion,” Burns told MMA Junkie in Spanish. “And to be champion it’s good to combat towards whoever. I’m not going to be choosing and selecting: ‘Oh I would like this one, I would like that one.’ No.
“Whoever the UFC places in entrance of me, I’ll combat. I needed to combat with Colby (Covington), however he had a combat, so Khamzat was the one one which needed to combat. I do know he’s a giant threat and he’s No. 11 and really robust, but when I need to be champion, I have to combat everybody. I’m following the instance of Glover Teixeira and Charles Oliveira. I have to combat everybody. He’s robust and a giant threat, however I nonetheless need to combat him.”
Burns is coming off a dominant choice win over Stephen Thompson in July 2021 at UFC 264. It was his first combat since he got here up quick in his title combat towards Champion Kamaru Usman in February 2021. The Brazilian is 7-1 in his previous eight bouts and hasn’t misplaced to anybody outdoors of the champion in 4 years.
“Durinho” has his eyes set on a rematch with Usman. He’s decided to grow to be champion and thinks he’s already making the modifications wanted to get that carried out.
“That’s my goal,” Burns mentioned. “I made many errors towards Kamaru and I used to be ready to take a look at the combat and determine all of the errors and see what I can do higher. I’ve been working extraordinarily arduous to earn the following alternative for the belt. I’m working actually arduous. In order that’s my goal: take all challengers and wins and combat for the title.”