Colby Covington has gone radio silent, so Gilbert Burns will settle for the “real” Khamzat Chimaev
Two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight contender Colby Covington could have the biggest mouth in the 170-pound division. But “Chaos” has remained silent when it comes to fighting Brazilian murderer Gilbert Burns, No.2.
âFor Colby the perfect (opponent) would be me,â Burns said. addicted to mma. âThis is the fight I want. He knows I want him. But when it’s time to call a guy, when it’s time to pick an opponent, they don’t pick me. I think they know why. Leon (Edwards) never says my name. Colby never says my name. (Jorge) Masvidal never says my name. It’s for a reason, and they know why.
The good news for Burns, 35, is that there is no shortage of matchmakers available. That includes undefeated welterweight sensation Khamzat Chimaev, who validated his hype with a thrilling first-round victory over Li Jingliang at UFC 267.
What if Covington doesn’t answer the phone …
âI think he’s real,â Burns said of Chimaev. âI think he’s been tested. People say, ‘Oh, no. It’s just no. I think he fought a few good fighters. And the other thing too, the way he beat them. I think I will face him very soon. I think he needs one more win, and I think he will get (the win). What if things keep going like this, like Colby doesn’t even say my name, Masvidal, Leon. Why not? I will give (Chimaev) the opportunity.
Burns (20-4) has won seven of his last eight, including last July’s unanimous decision victory over Stephen Thompson. As for Chimaev (10-0), he’s already 4-0 under the banner of the UFC and Darling Matchmakers, so a big-name clash could be just around the corner.
But will it be Burns?