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Gilbert Burns is hopeful he can jump Covington for the UFC title shot with a win at UFC 288

UFC welterweight contender Gilbert Burns is gearing up for a shot at the title once again. After securing two impressive victories against Neil Magny and Jorge Masvidal, Burns is set to face Belal Muhammad in a co-main event five-round bout next month at UFC 288.

Burns is hoping that a win against Muhammad will earn him a shot at the welterweight title. Despite UFC president Dana White indicating that Colby Covington will face the champion, Leon Edwards, Burns is not giving up hope of jumping ahead of Covington in the queue.

In his UFC career, Durinho has only ever faced up for a title bout. At UFC 258 on February 13, 2021, Kamaru Usman was the opponent. Burns put Usman to the ground quickly during the fight, however in the third round of the clash, the referee awarded a technical knockout victory to Usman.

“I would love to say the winner is next for [Leon Edwards] but Colby is definitely next,” Gilbert Burns stated in a recent interview with Submission Radio. “Let’s see, and everything is about the performance. If I go in there and knock this guy out or submit him or do something spectacular, they’re going to say, ‘Why Colby? Why not this guy?’ so that’s another thing I’m doing too.”
He continued, “I was looking forward to getting a finish against Masvidal, didn’t. I couldn’t make that spectacular, but I do think if I get a spectacular finish this time I might jump over this guy. Maybe, we’ll see.”

Burns is confident that he has what it takes to earn a title shot, and he plans to make a statement in his upcoming fight against Muhammad. While he acknowledges that it is a slim chance that he will jump ahead of Covington, Burns is determined to give it his all in May.

The welterweight division has been heating up recently, with several fighters vying for a shot at the title. Burns is one of the most exciting prospects in the division, with his impressive grappling skills and heavy hands making him a dangerous opponent for anyone.

If he can secure a win against Muhammad in impressive fashion, Burns may just earn himself a shot at the title. Fans will be eagerly watching to see how he performs and whether he can make a statement that cannot be ignored.

Overall, it looks like the welterweight division is set for an exciting few months, with plenty of top contenders hoping to earn a shot at the title. Gilbert Burns is just one of the many fighters looking to make their mark, and if he can deliver an impressive performance, he may just get his chance to become champion.


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