In the fast-paced world of the UFC, where fighters navigate the highs and lows of the welterweight division, former title challenger Gilbert Burns’ gearing up for a triumphant return. Following a hiatus due to an injury suffered in his last bout against Belal Muhammad in May, Burns is back in the spotlight and eyeing a comeback in the first quarter of the new year.
In an exclusive interview with TMZ Sports, Burns exuded confidence, confirming his return to peak physical condition. “I’m clear, I’m in no pain. I’ve got free pain, shoulders moving good, all range of motion is back, strength. I’ve said anything March or April, UFC 299 or UFC 300, I’ll be ready to go.”
With UFC 296 on the horizon, Burns anticipates being present at the event, where a stacked welterweight lineup promises intense clashes. Among the notable matchups, Stephen Thompson vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov and Ian Garry vs. Vicente Luque are poised to captivate fans. As Burns surveys potential opponents from cageside, he has a particular interest in the welterweight title bout.
Burns predicts that Colby Covington will fall short in his challenge against Leon Edwards for the welterweight title, and he envisions himself as the next formidable contender to face “Chaos.” While acknowledging the uncertainties and obstacles that could alter this ideal scenario, Burns expresses his eagerness for a matchup within March or April 2024.
“I’m kind of waiting on that,” Burns revealed. “We go from that because I want to see how it goes. I think Leon Edwards is gonna win, but both of these guys, Leon and Colby, they’re fighting for the title right now but they’re not active fighters. They’re gonna fight and they’re gonna take a big break, then they’re gonna fight again.
“I would love to fight Colby because, again, I still gotta wait for a lot of things to happen, but I think Leon Edwards gonna get the win. But who knows when he gonna come back or either one of these guys, when they gonna come back?” Burns continued. “That’d be my number one pick, but we gotta wait.”
As the welterweight landscape unfolds its narratives, Gilbert Burns’ anticipated return injects fresh excitement into the division. With eyes set on a comeback early next year and a potential showdown with Colby Covington, Burns aims to reclaim his spot among the welterweight elite, promising fans a thrilling chapter in his UFC journey.