UFC welterweight Gilbert Burns has not given up on his title hopes. The Brazilian is looking to aim for the sky as he fights in the co-main event of UFC 264 against Stephen Thompson.
Gilbert Burns is a former welterweight title contender. He is now scheduled to fight a fellow top-ranked welterweight Stephen Thompson at UFC 264. He undercards the huge superstar fight between Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier. Burns is coming off a loss against the former champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 258. He is recovered from that loss and will try again to get his shot at gold. Earlier today, the welterweight spoke at the media day ahead of the big event on July 11th.
“I already moved on,” Burns said. “It did take me a couple of weeks to move on from that, but I already moved on. He’s (Usman) been evolving so much. After that, he fought a great fight against Masvidal, and then he showed how good he is. I’m here to do the same. I moved on and now I’m facing one of the most dangerous strikers in the division and I’m excited about it.”
Gilbert Burns wants to become the champion
Despite his recent failure to capture the welterweight title, “Durinho” is positive that he can get back to the top and his team believes the same too. “I talked to my manager, I talked to the coaches and the dream is still there, it’s still alive,” Burns said. “I want to be champion, that’s still the goal. We saw how many fights I have to get a title shot, but that is a question that no one can answer.”
Then he spoke about how his matchup with Wonderboy came about. “I asked for the top guys in the division. No. 1 said no, No. 3 said no, and they offered me ‘Wonderboy’ and I said yes right away. That’s the fight to make. Stylistically we match up well, me and ‘Wonderboy are on the same path. He fought for the title, we both got a little taste of that title, and we both want to be champions. It’s a great fight.”