UFC superstar Gilbert Burns has ripped off Jorge Masvidal for allegedly turning down multiple offers to fight him.
Former welterweight title challenger Burns came off a hard fought fight against frontrunner Khamzat Chimaev in April at UFC 273. It proved to be Chimaev’s toughest test yet, eventually losing by a razor-thin decision. After the result, ‘Durinho’ expected a big duel next. He has been linked with a possible showdown with former two-time title challenger Masvidal. Although he stated that a verbal agreement had been reached, no concrete developments have taken place.
Masvidal expressed interest in the fight but began to rally around a title shot after Leon Edwards dethroned former welterweight champion and pound-for-pound king Kamaru Usman at UFC 278 in August. Edwards shares a fierce rivalry with Masvidal, dating back to a physical altercation in 2019 at a UFC event in London.
Considering Masvidal’s recent three defeats, a title shot didn’t seem like the most likely option, despite intense pressure from the Miami native to achieve it.
On November 14, Burns accepted Twitter Calling Masvidal and claiming he turned down three offers to fight.
“Just wanted to let everyone know that @ufc offered me @GamebredFighter 3x. The first time was for November 12,” he wrote. “He said he needed more time, the second time on December 10 he said he was going to fight me and now he just said no again! so I guess the B from his BMF belt doesn’t mean bad.”
In August, Burns shared an update on ongoing negotiations with the promotion and Masvidal.
“Nothing done yet – lots of talks about fighting Masvidal – he verbally agreed. Me too,” Burns told MMA Junkie. “They only find out the date. No date yet. November was too close, so December or January. At least I know I have an opponent. Just finding out the date.
“No. 1 would be MSG in November but then he said no for that date,” Burns said. “Now in December or January I can wait about 20 more days to go to Brazil. I’m looking forward to the Brazil card .”
Reigning 170-pound champion Edwards has spoken out about a potential outing with Masvidal. Though he’s open to the idea, he needs ‘Gamebred’ to get back into the winning column.
“Masvidal is the guy I really want, but because he’s losing all the time it’s difficult to make it make sense for the company, even for the fans, to sell him,” Edwards said in an interview with Sky’s Nik Hobbs Sports. “It will probably sell as far as the backstory. If Masvidal goes out and wins big then that’s a fight I want. I even said it: I’ll give him the title shot beforehand.
“My coach was like, ‘No, he doesn’t deserve it.’ But I acted out of emotions. So who comes, number one contender or money fights, it doesn’t matter to me. I think I’m the best.”