The Brazilian lightweight was originally pulled from a UFC on FOX 28 with Olivier Aubin-Mercier on Feb. 24 after being considered to be too heavy to continue cutting weight, and now waits for a new opponent now that Vannata is no longer available.
Burns, who tells MMA Fighting he actually signed the bout agreement to face Vannata in April, says he’s still expected to compete in Arizona, and volunteers to face anyone inside the Octagon.
“I was getting prepared for a southpaw grappler, and then a orthodox striker,” Burns said. “I train with Kamaru (Usman), Michael Chandler, Michael Johnson and many other monsters. I’m ready and I want to fight, it doesn’t matter against who.”
Burns (12-2) is coming off a second-round knockout victory over Jason Saggo, his first knockout finish under the UFC banner.