After losing to Khamzat Chimaev by unanimous decision after three rounds, former UFC welterweight title contender Gilbert Burns is looking to retaliate this defeat in a five-round rematch.
“I see it in a way that we’re not done yet,” Burns said in an interview with TSN. “I believe in it. He’s moved up in the rankings and they want him to fight Colby Covington, but I’m not afraid of anyone in this division. I prove it again and again, and I want Khamzat to return courtesy for courtesy. ”
“I was number two and fought number 11 and I want a rematch with Khamzat. If he beats Colby, he will fight Kamaru Usman and I want our rematch to be one of his next three fights. I believe that we are not finished – one of us must win an early victory. We just need more rounds – we need a five-round fight.”
“When they offered me this fight, I asked for five rounds. They sent me a contract and I told the manager, Ali Abdelaziz, that I wanted a five-round fight, not a three-round one. He replied that they already have two title fights in the card, but I insisted on my own. We tried to negotiate with the UFC, but in the end we had to agree to three rounds. The fight was insanely spectacular, but I think in five rounds it would have been even more exciting.”
The Chechen fighter did not disregard the statement of his recent rival.
“In five rounds, I will take your soul. See you soon, boy,” Borz wrote on social media, addressing the Brazilian.
Recall that the welterweight fight, which took place last weekend at UFC 273 in Jacksonville, ended with the victory of Khamzat Chimaev with a score of 29-28 three times, and was recognized as the “Fight of the Night” at the end of the event.