What is next for Gilbert Burns?

Possible Options for Gilbert Burns’ Next Fight

Gilbert ‘Dorinho’ Burns awaits the next step in what is a real crossroads of his career.

Burns is coming off a very competitive decision loss to Khamzat Chimaev back at UFC 273 in April and though he did lose the fight, he gained the respect of the MMA world. Currently ranked second in the welterweight division, Burns put his status as a top two contender for Kamaru Usman’s throne on the line against UFC’s fastest rising star in Chimaev who was ranked 11th at the time.

No one wanted to fight Chimaev, as he is dismantling competition, but he came to be truly tested against Burns, and though Chimaev won the bout, Burns did not lose any momentum, as each man pushed the other to the limits.

Now ranked fourth in the division, Burns awaits his next possible opponent as many of his old and new fans will be waiting for the Brazilian’s highly anticipated return.

We take a look at three possible opponents for Gilbert Burn’s next fight.

3. Belal Muhammad

Belal Muhammad (left), Gilbert Burns (right)

Belal Muhammad is coming off a big win over Vincent Luque just a week after Burns had his fight of the year contender with Chimaev.

Muhammad has been on a tear in recent months, going on an 8 fight unbeaten streak. In that streak, Muhammad has defeated Damian Maia, Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson who also fell at the hands of Burns, as well as Luque, who is a fellow Brazilian and close friend of Gilbert Burns.

Muhammad and Burns currently stand as fifth and fourth in the welterweight rankings, making this a safe bet to be the route to be taken, as the winner would for sure be in line for a title eliminator bout afterwards.

2. Sean Brady

Gilbert Burns (left), Sean Brady (right)
Gilbert Burns (left), Sean Brady (right)

Gilbert Burns recently gave rising prospect Khamzat Chimaev a chance to make a name for himself in a statement win against an elite contender.

Who’s to say Burns doesn’t give that same opportunity to another undefeated rising contender in Sean Brady?

Brady is 5-0 since joining the UFC in 2019, and his last (and biggest) win came against Michael Chiesa in November of last year.

Brady is a dangerous grappler with a solid stand up ability. Though the Philly born fighter has yet to be linked to a fight, both Burns and Brady will eventually need a dance partner and have identical skill sets.

Brady currently being ranked ninth and Burns fourth makes it once again a high risk, high reward situation for Burns, but the Brazilian has shown a willingness to put on excellent performances against risky opposition.

1. Jorge Masvidal

Jorge Masvidal (left), Gilbert Burns (right)
Jorge Masvidal (left), Gilbert Burns (right)

This fight, unlike the others mentioned, has actually already been discussed amongst the fighters and both men have verbally agreed.

Jorge Masvidal is currently on a three-fight losing skid, losing twice to champion Kamaru Usman and most recently against Colby Covington in March.

But that doesn’t change the fact that ‘Gamebred’ has fought those three losses against the top two welterweights on the planet who have presented the same issues to Masvidal, which is the ground game.

Burns, with his elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, presents the same problem for Masvidal. However, Masvidal has made it a point to improve his ground game and Burns has acknowledged he’s willing to wait it out until he recovers for Masvidal to improve his abilities.

Add in the fact that Masvidal is one of the biggest stars in the UFC and Burns is red hot in popularity right now, along with their explosive striking game, and it would present a treat for the fans and a great payday for both men.

Written by Julio Monteros

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