Masvidal Rejects Burns’ No-Takedown Offer: “Do Your Game Brother”

If a fight with Gilbert Burns comes to fruition, UFC welterweight star Jorge Masvidal won’t be agreeing to restrictions on the Brazilian’s grappling offense. While Masvidal remains one of the most prominent names in mixed martial arts, his form in the cage has dipped in recent years. Since a 3-0 2019 brought him to stardom,…

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If a fight with Gilbert Burns comes to fruition, UFC welterweight star Jorge Masvidal won’t be agreeing to restrictions on the Brazilian’s grappling offense.

While Masvidal remains one of the most prominent names in mixed martial arts, his form in the cage has dipped in recent years. Since a 3-0 2019 brought him to stardom, “Gamebred” has gone in the opposite direction in terms of contention, falling to #6 in the rankings after two straight losses to Kamaru Usman and a defeat against arch-rival Colby Covington.

Although he has some legal issues to resolve before returning to the cage owing to his decision to allegedly sucker-punch Covington from behind weeks after their fight, Masvidal is still looking ahead to his next challenge.

And while he’s pinpointed MMA megastar Conor McGregor as the main target, Masvidal’s expectation that the Irishman will steer clear of him has led the veteran to identify a second choice, #4-ranked contender Burns.

The Brazilian has expressed immense interest in sharing the cage with Masvidal down the line, even going as far as to offer a no-takedown incentive to “Gamebred,” whose grappling deficiencies were exposed last time out against Covington.

“For me, what would make sense for me, is Jorge Masvidal,” Burns said during an interview with MMA Fighting. “That’s the fight that I want… It’s the fight that makes sense. That’s the one that’s going to get me going, motivate me, and I still believe I can beat the guy. That’s the fight that I want next, Jorge Masvidal.

“I can sign the contract — no takedowns,” Burns added. “Let’s just do it. I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to putting on a show. Another crazy fight and another crazy finish, and I do believe I can strike with Jorge Masvidal.”

Burns has seemingly developed a tactic to be used when attempting to entice striking-heavy fighters into a bout with him, having made a similar offer to Nate Diaz earlier this year.

But while that time it fell on deaf ears, Masvidal has heard the Brazilian’s words and respectfully responded.

Masvidal Doesn’t Want To Restrict Burns

In a recent interview with MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin, Masvidal addressed his options moving forward.

When talk landed at discourse surrounding a potential date in the Octagon with Burns, “Gamebred” re-iterated his interest in the bout, but insisted that he wouldn’t want “Durinho” to limit his own game in the potential contest.

“No, no, no. I don’t want Gilbert to sign no contract that says no takedowns. Do your game brother, do what’s gotten you here,” Masvidal said. “I know he’s a world champion in BJJ. I’m trying to work on my grappling, always getting better. So, do everything that God has allowed you to do and blessed you to do.”

Evidently, Burns’ offer isn’t needed to draw Masvidal into the bout, with the Miami native further explaining why the Brazilian is such an appealing opponent for him, takedowns and all.

“It’s definitely a fight that interests me. Before the Conor fight came up, (Burns is) the one that called me out, and I was like, ‘Man, this is a guy that comes to fight.’ The whole world doesn’t know him, but they will because he comes to fight,” Masvidal stated. “I’d like to fight once some of these little issues that I’ve got going on (go away).”

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Update: Adrian Yanez Accepts Gilbert Burns’ Money For Tony Kelley KO

Adrian Yanez has now accepted Gilbert Burns’ money for KOing Tony Kelley at UFC Austin last night. Yanez got revenge for Burns and the rest of Brazil with a first-round knockout of Kelley on the UFC Austin main card. This came after Kelley made controversial remarks about Brazil while cornering Andrea Lee last month. After…

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Adrian Yanez has now accepted Gilbert Burns’ money for KOing Tony Kelley at UFC Austin last night.

Yanez got revenge for Burns and the rest of Brazil with a first-round knockout of Kelley on the UFC Austin main card. This came after Kelley made controversial remarks about Brazil while cornering Andrea Lee last month.

After the clip of Kelley’s comments went viral, Burns offered a cash prize to Yanez if he could finish Kelley at UFC Austin. After Yanez successfully passed the test, Burns appeared to keep his word.

“My guy [Adrian Yanez] representing [Brazil],” Burns tweeted. “DM me your Zelle or cash app! CONGRATS!!”

But Yanez appeared to be taking a more humble approach to his win over Kelley following their heated buildup. He allegedly declined Burns’ offer, as Burns shared in a follow-up tweet.

“Come on my guys! Make sure you push [Adrian Yanez] to accept the money he don’t want it! It’s been a fight,” Burns said.

Alas, Yanez would ultimately give in and has big plans on how he’ll be spending Durinho’s money.

“Big thank you to @GilbertDurinho definitely spending that on my son!! I greatly appreciate it.”

Yanez got the chance to fight in his home state this past weekend in Texas. He also garnered a big Brazilian fanbase entering his fight with Kelley and gave them plenty to celebrate.

Burns demanded an apology from Kelley following his comments, but Kelley instead blamed ‘cancel culture’ for the strong reaction to his corner advice.

Yanez is one of the most impressive bantamweight prospects in the UFC and will look to continue his climb in the division later this year.

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UFC Welterweight Gilbert Burns Makes Major Career Announcement

Gilbert Burns will be sticking around the UFC for the foreseeable future. Burns took to Twitter to announce he has signed a new multi-fight deal with the Las Vegas-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. He thanked the UFC’s Dana White and Sean Shelby, as well as manager Ali Abdelaziz. “I just signed a new multi-fight…

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Gilbert Burns will be sticking around the UFC for the foreseeable future.

Burns took to Twitter to announce he has signed a new multi-fight deal with the Las Vegas-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. He thanked the UFC’s Dana White and Sean Shelby, as well as manager Ali Abdelaziz.

“I just signed a new multi-fight deal with the UFC. Thanks @danawhite and @seanshelby for taking care of me. Just waiting for the next opponent. A lot of people talking (crap) abt the @ufc but without the UFC and Dana I would not be here! Thanks my brother @AliAbdelaziz00 the best!”

Recently, Burns said he’s looking to add a five-round stipulation to his new contract, and it looks like he got it.

Burns is currently the No. 4-ranked welterweight in the UFC. His last fight resulted in a decision loss to Khamzat Chimaev. However, back in 2021, Burns racked up a six-fight win streak to earn himself a shot at welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

Things ultimately didn’t work out for Burns, who was bested by Usman via TKO. Burns bounced back with a decision win over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, before being defeated by Chimaev.

Now, Burns eagerly awaits his next opponent, as the 35-year-old looks to make another push for the 170-pound crown. In a division that contains Usman, Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Chimaev, and so many more — it certainly won’t be easy.

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Rakhmonov: Chimaev Was Given Victory Over Burns Due To Popularity

UFC welterweight prospect Shavkat Rakhmonov believes that more than just fighting may have been considered in the Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gilbert Burns verdict. At UFC 273 in April, rising star Chimaev received a true litmus test of his championship credentials against two-time title challenger Burns. The pair went to war for three rounds, certainly securing…

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UFC welterweight prospect Shavkat Rakhmonov believes that more than just fighting may have been considered in the Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gilbert Burns verdict.

At UFC 273 in April, rising star Chimaev received a true litmus test of his championship credentials against two-time title challenger Burns. The pair went to war for three rounds, certainly securing their future place in the 2022 Fight of the Year discussion. Although given this past weekend’s headliner, they may have to settle for second place.

After 15 minutes of bloody and back and forth action, it was “Borz” who had his hand raised via unanimous decision, ascending him into the welterweight top five and to within touching distance of a title shot.

Given the close and competitive nature of the contest, it unsurprisingly split opinion. Now, joining Ian Garry as another Sanford MMA teammate backing Burns’ performance, surging prospect Rakhmonov seemingly believes that his Brazilian peer was unfortunate to walk way with a defeat.

During a recent interview with Combat Sports on Fanatics View, “Nomad” suggested that Chimaev’s popularity may have played a part in the Chechen-born Swede getting the nod over Burns.

“I think it was a very equal fight, in my opinion. But Khamzat, I believe, got the win because he’s more popular. Maybe that’s why he was awarded the win,” said Rakhmonov.

However, the #15-ranked welterweight also admitted that Burns’ defensive strategy in the final round likely cost him what would have been an upset victory over the highly touted Chimaev in Jacksonville.

“But first round I don’t know who won, could be Khamzat, could be Burns. Then it was pretty much an even fight. The third round, Khamzat was more of an aggressor. I think that is why Burns didn’t get the win, because he played too defensively,” added Rakhmonov. “But you never know, sometimes I don’t understand UFC judges and how they get to their decisions.”

Rakhmonov has followed a similarly dominant path up the UFC ladder as Chimaev since arriving in 2020. Should he emerge victorious over top-10 contender Neil Magny later this month, the Kazakh will move one sizable step closer to an exciting Octagon date with “Borz.”

Given Rakhmonov’s latest comments, their previous heated back and forth, and the never-ending comparisons between the pair, the backstory will certainly be an intriguing one by the time they come to blows, which appears to be an inevitability given their trajectories.

Do you agree with Shavkat Rakhmonov’s take on Khamzat Chimaev’s victory over Gilbert Burns?

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Gilbert Burns “Itching” To Make Octagon Return; Wants Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal Next

jorge masvidal gilbert burnsIt seems that Gilbert Burns is ready to make his Octagon return. Two months after his Fight of The Year contender against Khamzat “Borz” Chimaev, Gilbert Burns has revealed that he is very much ready to return, and even has a perfect dance partner in mind. Speaking to TMZ Sports, Burns had this to say: […]

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It seems that Gilbert Burns is ready to make his Octagon return.

Two months after his Fight of The Year contender against Khamzat “Borz” Chimaev, Gilbert Burns has revealed that he is very much ready to return, and even has a perfect dance partner in mind. Speaking to TMZ Sports, Burns had this to say:

“I’m kind of itching a little bit to be back in there again…I think one of the possibilities is Jorge Masvidal. He’s already shown a lot of interest in getting that fight, and I have nothing but respect for that guy but…I need to get a finish.” Burns elaborated further on this by highlighting how razor-close his last fight with Chimaev was, and also made it clear that he doesn’t want to leave the fate of his fights to the judges.”

Gilbert Burns wants Jorge Masvidal next

Explaining further about why it is Masvidal specifically that Burns would like to return against, “Durinho” stated that:

“Jorge’s a big name, and I think we’ll put on a show”. He once again made clear his respect for Masvidal, a guy who has had “over 50 fights…including backyard fights.” Durinho also called on the UFC to make the fight in any arena in Florida, noting the strong presence of “the Latin and Brazilian communities” there. He also called for the BMF belt to be put on the line too.

Burns, as mentioned above, is coming off a loss to Khamzat Chimaev, albeit in a truly epic fight for the ages, whilst Masvidal is coming off a pretty dominant loss to bitter rival and arch-enemy, Colby “Chaos” Covington. However, Masvidal’s issues do not end there, with his current legal issues rumbling on following his assault of Covington at a Miami steakhouse back in March of this year.

Gilbert Burns Praises Jorge Masvidal ‘But I Still Want to Beat the S–t out of You’

Gilbert Burns had a message for Jorge Masvidal as he looks to set up a new welterweight bout. “I respect you so much. I think you’re one of the BMFs,” Burns…

Gilbert Burns had a message for Jorge Masvidal as he looks to set up a new welterweight bout. “I respect you so much. I think you’re one of the BMFs,” Burns…