Gilbert Burns Suggests Welterweight Showdown Against Dustin Poirier

    ByRoss Markey

    Apr 24, 2022
    Gilbert Burns

    Recent UFC 273 main card feature, Gilbert Burns has suggested a welterweight clash against fellow Floridian based contender, Dustin Poirier in a weight class switch for the latter as part of a ‘Sunshine state’ showdown.

    Gilbert Burns, a trainee at Sanford MMA in Deerfield Beach, most recently featured on the main card of UFC 273 earlier this month in Florida, suffering a close, unanimous decision loss against the surging, unbeaten, Khamzat Chimaev over the course of three rounds.

    The defeat came as the Brazilian’s second at the welterweight limit since his 2019 division return – with his sole other loss coming in the form of a March 2021 third round knockout loss to former training partner, Kamaru Usman in a welterweight title fight. 

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    Gilbert Burns offers Dustin Poirier a route back to the Octagon

    In the time since, Gilbert Burns has welcomed a rematch with Chimaev – over the course of five rounds, however, in what would come as quite a surprising pairing, has welcomed a welterweight matchup with former interim lightweight champion, Poirier.

    Lafayette native, Poirier, who plys his trade at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, has been sidelined ever since his UFC 269 title challenge loss to Charles Oliveira back in December, and has tirelessly campaigned for a return to the Octagon ever since – to no avail, nonetheless

    Tweeting once again, “I want to fight” – Poirier was met with a rather surprising response from the above mentioned, Burns – who replied, “170? (eyes emoji)”. 

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    Poirier, who has spent the last seven years competing at the lightweight limit, has also attempted to book a welterweight rescheduling against Nate Diaz in the earlier months of this year, once again without success, but has yet to shut the door on that avenue – nor has he decided to call time on his hugely successful tenure at 155lbs.  

    With his unanimous decision loss to Chimaev, Burns slipped from his #2 perch at the welterweight limit, dropping to #4 behind the former, who sits at #3, while expected next title challenger, Leon Edwards climbed to #2.