Jorge Masvidal and Gilbert Burns agree to fight as American plots UFC return

UFC star Jorge Masvidal has verbally accepted a showdown with fellow welterweight contender Gilbert Burns.

Within the context of the 170-pound division there are currently three names that stand out above the pack – Kamaru Usman, Colby Covington and Khamzat Chimaev. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ currently holds the gold with Covington and Chimaev chasing him but just behind that trio, we’ve got an assortment of great welterweight talent just waiting to prove themselves to the masses once again.

Jorge Masvidal and Gilbert Burns, who have both lost to two of the three aforementioned juggernauts, are tremendous talents in their own right and deserve to be recognised as such.

They’re both ready to get back on the horse and climb back into the Octagon and when you consider how well-rounded they are, it makes sense for them to be favoured against whoever else challenges them.

That is, of course, unless they’re partnered together.

Burns has been particularly active on social media in his hunt for a comeback scrap and it appears as if he’s found his man in the form of ‘Gamebred’.

“Sounds good to me. Let’s see”

One thing is for sure – this one wouldn’t be short on action.

The rise and fall of Masvidal

After defeating Darren Till, Ben Askren and Nate Diaz in the same calendar year, Jorge Masvidal set himself up for a mammoth title showdown with Kamaru Usman in 2020. Unfortunately, he came up on the losing end after taking the fight on short notice, and things got even worse for the Miami sensation in the rematch when he was knocked out cold by the king of the division.

His return against Colby Covington in a grudge match led to a unanimous decision beatdown and after proceeding to assault ‘Chaos’ at a Florida steakhouse, this is the kind of contest he needs to showcase what he still has left in the tank.

‘Durinho’, meanwhile, is currently enjoying his fan favourite status after taking Chimaev to the absolute limit at UFC 273 last month.

Another crack at the belt seems unlikely, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have some fun before he finally walks away from mixed martial arts.

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