Gilbert Burns Calls For Five Round Rematch With Khamzat Chimaev After UFC 273 Battle

    ByRoss Markey

    Apr 13, 2022
    Gilbert Burns

    Less than a week removed from his back-and-forth battle with Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 273 on Saturday, one-time welterweight title challenger, Gilbert Burns has called for a five round re-run with the undefeated contender – insisting their rivalry is far from closed.

    Featuring in a three round main card clash with Chechen-born contender, Chimaev in Jacksonville, Florida last weekend, Gilbert Burns, a mainstay at Sanford MMA – pushed the former to his absolute limit over the course of three rounds, albeit, suffering a close unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

    Suffering a knockdown in the opening round, Gilbert Burns would go on to land a stunning 119 total strikes against Chimaev, with the latter absorbing just a single strike in four Octagon outings prior to the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena outing. 

    Dropping Chimaev at the end of the second round, Burns dropped the final frame in the third round as the former found another gear – forcing him to fight from the backfoot as he plodded forward, landing a stinging jab from the onset and throughout. 

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    Just four days removed from the Fight of the Night showing, Burns insists that he wants to stand opposite Chimaev – who leapfrogged him into the #3 slot at welterweight, within his next three promotional fights.

    “The way I see it too, is that we’re (me and Khamzat Chimaev) not done,” Gilbert Burns told TSN reporter, Aaron Bronsteter. “I do believe we’re not done. For sure, he moves forward in the rankings and they (the UFC) want to make that Colby (Covington) fight. But the way I see it, I’m not afraid to fight anyone in this division. Time and time again I’ve proved it. … I just want one thing back from Khamzat (Chimaev). I want the courtesy (of a rematch).”

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    “I was number two (in the rankings), and I fought number 11 – I want a rematch with Khamzat,” Gilbert Burns. If he beats Colby, he’s going to fight Kamaru (Usman) and I just want my rematch in his next three fights. I want my rematch, and I believe we’re not done, and one guy needs to get a finish. It’s just a fight that should’ve been five rounds. It should be more rounds and I think we kind of missed out a little bit on this fight.” 

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    Gilbert Burns insists he attempted to land a five round clash with Khamzat Chimaev

    Burns then revealed that when the promotion approached him with the offer of a fight with Chimaev, he requested the bout to take place over the course of five sanctioned rounds, however, it never came to fruition

    “When they (the UFC) offered me this fight (against Chimaev), I asked for five rounds,” Gilbert Burns said. “They sent me the contract and fought with Ali (Abdelaziz). I was like, ‘F*ck, I don’t want these three rounds, I want five rounds.’ (Abdelaziz said.) ‘Oh, but they have these two title fights (already).’ And I said, ‘I don’t care, then make another one. I want five rounds.’ We went back and forth with the UFC and it ended up being three rounds. The fight was crazy entertaining, but I think it if was five rounds it would be way more entertaining.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)

    In a breif reply to Burns’ comments, Chimaev claimed if the fight took place over the course of five rounds, he would have taken the Niteroi native’s soul.

    “In 5 rounds I will take your soul see you soon boy,” Khamzat Chimaev tweeted.