Gilbert Burns feels Colby Covington needs to be a bit more active before getting another title shot.
It’s been over one full year since Covington last fought in the octagon, defeating Jorge Masvidal via unanimous decision to temporarily halt their bitter rivalry. The victory got the 35-year-old “Chaos” back in the win column after a closely-contested defeat in his rematch with the then-champion Kamaru Usman the prior November.
Usman has lost his spot atop the 170-pound throne since then and came up short in his bid at redemption against the new champion Leon Edwards this past weekend at UFC 286. Despite Covington’s fellow top contenders such as Burns fighting at a higher clip and defeating higher-ranked opposition, UFC President Dana White has already ensured that Covington is next for Edwards.
“I hope not,” Burns told The Schmo of a potential Covington title shot. “I think he’s gotta fight. Guy hasn’t fought in a year. His last fight was Masvidal then he disappeared. I hope he’s not next, but like I said, what I hope sometimes doesn’t come true.
“If he’s next, it’s all good. I still gotta beat Jorge, but then I beat the other guys that are in there and I’m not making too many expectations. I just gotta keep on winning my fights and eventually I’m gonna get a title shot. That’s where I’m at right now.”
Burns has been keeping busy to the best of his abilities since an early 2022 setback against Khamzat Chimaev. “Durinho” most recently rebounded, taking out Neil Magny with relative ease at UFC 283 in January. The BJJ ace utilized his strong submission prowess to lock up a slick arm-triangle choke in round one, setting him up for an April showdown with the aforementioned Masvidal at UFC 287.
A common assumption amongst the MMA community was that the outcome of Burns vs. Masvidal would be critical in the grand scheme of the welterweight title picture. Instead, everyone was thrown for a loop when Covington hit the scales the Friday before UFC 286 as the official backup fighter. While Covington’s consistent orbiting of a title shot doesn’t make sense to most of his fellow welterweights, Burns can’t help but give him props for the timing of his re-emergence.
“He’s smart because March makes one year since his last fight,” Burns said. “So, he’s gotta fight, he’s gotta do something. He’s very smart to put himself — I don’t know if UFC offered him or if he offered himself to be a backup, but he’s very smart. So, at least they’re not gonna kick him out of the ranks.
“It was a very smart move from him. But we’ll see. I gotta fight all these guys. I’m gonna keep calling them out. We’ll see. That’s a fight that I wanted, but we’ll see. Jorge now is the goal. I gotta keep my focus on Jorge, but we’ll see what’s next after Jorge.”
Fight. Conor McGregor releases first faceoff against Michael Chandler from TUF 31 filming
Aftermath. UFC 286 takeaways: Leon Edwards is right — of course Colby Covington doesn’t deserve the next title shot
Confusion. Leon Edwards reacts to Colby Covington getting next title shot: ‘I don’t know how that makes sense’
Okay. Dana White: Colby Covington gets next title shot against Leon Edwards ‘no matter what happens’
Response. ‘I want Leon next’: Pros react to Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman 3, call out the champ
Critique. Justin Gaethje: Michael Bisping commentary was ‘unprofessional’ for UFC 286 main event
UFC 286 Post-show.
On To the Next One.
Second chance night.
Stylebender reacts to 286.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Crazy scene at UAE Warriors this morning. Rustem Kudaibergenov knocked out Ilkhom Nazimov in 8 seconds, then Nazimov started fighting the ref in the clinch. #UAEWarriors39 pic.twitter.com/F0NWB0ngic— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 18, 2023
Onto the next... maybe.
No excuses. I’ll be better, I’m sorry guys. I still love this shit & all of you.— Casey Oneill (@kingcaseymma) March 18, 2023
Really ? @jennimaiaufc you can’t be classy in victory? Now you have to lie and say I was greased ? No bitch your wrestling just fucking sucks. Book it again and let’s do it. You know it was staring to go my way— Casey Oneill (@kingcaseymma) March 19, 2023
Champion of champions?
I want Leon next, October in Abu Dhabi— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) March 19, 2023
March 19, 2023
Everyone out here crying about UFC fighter pay and we’re just like …..Fight Circus @FullMetalDojo pic.twitter.com/ZDhWKRMxbi— Fight Circus ®️ (@FightCircus) March 19, 2023
Millions and millions and millions of ppv buys. https://t.co/Klmi7dNLcK— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 20, 2023
Stars in London.
Good morning . I start drinking Secret juice and than the coffee. Cheers pic.twitter.com/t96HjYTBRC— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) March 19, 2023
Finally some quality heavyweight MMA— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 19, 2023
Luiz Oliveria knocks out Thiago Frasson in 37 seconds#ImortalFC12 pic.twitter.com/xMpXR7xr3q
In 11 UFC fights, Justin Gaethje has taken home $550,000 in post-fight bonuses and he's top 10 all time for post-fight bonuses.— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) March 19, 2023
Now $550K is a nice chunk of change but Gaethje deserves 10X that for the wars he's put on. The guy is just unbelievable#UFC286
Still pic.twitter.com/QytwN2ucEL— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) March 19, 2023
I’m a fan. You are a warrior my friend. It was an honor to share the cage with you @RafaelFiziev https://t.co/mskLBDN5PD— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) March 19, 2023
That’s certainly one way.
How to escape a Guillotine 101... pic.twitter.com/wywyta5K1R— Fight Haven (@FightHaven) March 19, 2023
Seems like Izzy isn’t surprised #andstill pic.twitter.com/AcB5VkEs2o— Alex "Poatan" Pereira (@AlexPereiraUFC) March 20, 2023
Bro switched from Hwoarang to Steve Fox mid move. pic.twitter.com/DP5GxuW9Q9— Catch Wrestling U (@CatchWrestling) March 19, 2023
Oliveira must hit like a truck pic.twitter.com/9L5xmzuxkr— Aj (@AjDuxche) March 19, 2023
Quick to it.
Crazy how quickly someone made this dope ass edit pic.twitter.com/22TAfisIH1— 154 lb Bendaman (@Bendaman2001) March 19, 2023
Never heard the crowd say the fighter’s alongside Bruce Buffer before. pic.twitter.com/u2J0T3CBPJ— JL Funkmaster (@jlwavy) March 19, 2023
Seen some tweets saying,— Muhammad Mokaev (@muhammadmokaev) March 20, 2023
you didn’t tap but you might risk to end your career!
I rather end my career without being quitter..
I’m in crazy pain right now but if I would tap it would hurt my heart even more
Use the weekend to create your life, not scape your life.— Claudia Gadelha (@ClaudiaGadelha_) March 19, 2023
I don’t think there’s much more that needs to be added regarding the lunacy of a Covington title shot. All I’ll say is ... at least the Edwards fight is a fresh new matchup. That’s essentially the only redeeming quality it has.
Thanks for reading!
Last Week’s Results:
Friday: 55% of 497 total votes answered “Yes” when asked, “Will Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman 3 go to the judges’ scorecards?” Edwards defeated Usman via majority decision in the UFC 286 main event.
Thursday: 68% of 644 total votes answered “Paulo Costa” when asked, “Who would you rather see Sean Strickland face next?”
Wednesday: 62% of 639 total votes answered “Rafael Fiziev” when asked, “Who wins this weekend?” Justin Gaethje defeated Fiziev via a majority decision at UFC 286.
Tuesday: 56% of 331 total votes answered “Usman” when asked, “Who wins this weekend?”
Monday: 63% of 571 total votes answered “Jon Jones” when asked, “Who should be considered the No. 1 pound-for-pound male fighter in MMA?”
Today’s exit poll:
Who is most deserving of the next UFC welterweight title shot?
This poll is closed
Gilbert Burns vs. Jorge Masvidal winner
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