Between them, Burns and Thompson have challenged for the UFC welterweight title on three occasions and seek to stay in the title picture. Burns, the No. 3 ranked fighter in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings, is just five months removed from a bid for undisputed champ Kamaru Usman’s belt. After a strong opened round in which he rocked the champ, Burns was outstruck and finished in the third round, snapping a six-fight winning streak that included wins over multi-time title challenger Demian Maia and ex-champ Tyron Woodley.
Thompson, the No. 5 fighter, believes he has the best argument for a title shot, though his current winning streak runs just two fights. Most recently, Thompson beat back rising contender Geoff Neal, ending a long injury layoff with a signature performance that further upped his stock after a pair of losses against Darren Till and Anthony Pettis. Thompson twice fought Woodley, drawing the now-former champ before losing a decision in his two cracks at the belt.
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