Ahead of their UFC 273 showdown on Saturday, main card features, Gilbert Burns, and Khamzat Chimaev engaged in an impromptu staredown, yet cordial face-off during a chance crossing of paths at the fighter hotel in Jacksonville, Florida.
Featuring on the pay-per-view main card of UFC 273, the #2 ranked Niteroi grappler, Burns returns for the first time since July of last year at UFC 264, where he rebounded to the winning column with an impressive unanimous decision win over veteran striker, Stephen Thompson.
For Khamzat Chimaev, the undefeated #10 ranked challenger improved to 10-0 professionally and 4-0 in the UFC back in October in Abu Dhabi, UAE back in October on ‘Fight Island’ running roughshod over Li Jingliang with an opening round rear-naked choke victory.
A victory for Khamzat Chimaev or Gilbert Burns at UFC 273 prime them for a shot at welterweight gold
Ahead of tonight’s press conference in the Sunshine State, footage was captured by Swedish outlet, FrontKick MMA – with Chimaev and Burns momentarily engaging in a staredown, before shaking hands in quite clubby fashion.
“Ah, I’ve got you now,” Khamzat Chimaev said to Gilbert Burns. “Come, we’ll fight naked. You wanna fight me naked? Ah, you’re small, brother – you have to eat much, brother. Eat some banana, brother, chocolate. Show me power, brother.”
“I will show you Saturday,” Gilbert Burns says in response to Khamzat Chimaev. “I’m gonna show you, I’ll show you.”
Before his victory two-time welterweight title chaser, Thompson last summer, Burns had suffered his first defeat since his move back to the weight division, in the form of a third round knockout defeat at the hands of champion, Kamaru Usman in February of last year.
Prior to his submission stoppage against Jingliang, Chimaev, a staple at AllStars MMA in Sweden, stopped the trio of Gerald Meerschaert, Rhys McKee, and in his promotional debut, stopped John Philips with a D’Arce choke.