Gilbert Burns is confident that he will meet Shimaev’s punches again.
Former UFC welterweight and longtime contender Burns (20-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) wants a rematch with Chimaev (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) after their all-out war at UFC 273 on Saturday, which ended with a decision unanimously in favor of Chemayev. The welterweight competition was one of the main pay-per-view fights and was a contested match that won the Fight of the Night awards.
Burns wants to restart it, but understands he might have to wait a bit.
“The way I see it,” Burns said, “is that we’re not finished.” TSN. “I think we’re not finished. He’s definitely moving forward in the rankings and they want to fight Colby (Covington). But the way I see it, I’m not afraid to fight anyone in that division. I’ve proven it over and over again. … I only want one thing from Buds, I want the compliment.
“I was No. 2 and I fought No. 11. I want a rematch with the Vamps. If he beats Colby then Camaro will fight and I just want my second match in his next three fights. I want a rematch and I think we’re not finished and there is one person who needs to finish. It’s just a fight that should have been It’s going to be five rounds. It has to be more rounds and I think we lost quite a bit in this fight.”
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The Brazilian pushed for the fight with Shemayev to be 25 minutes, but the UFC decided against it. There were already two title fights scheduled on the card for the main and common event. Durinho is sure he and Shemayev have a lot to offer fans.
“When they offered me this fight, I asked for five rounds,” Burns said. They sent me the contract and fought with Ali (Abdulaziz). I was like, “F*ck, I don’t want those three rounds, I want five rounds.” (Abdulaziz said) “Ah, but they have two title fights.” And I said: I don’t care, then make another one. I want five rounds. We went back and forth with the UFC and ended up with three rounds. The fight was very entertaining, but I think if it were five rounds it would be more fun.”
Following Burns’ comments, Shemayev responded on social media.
“In 5 rounds, I’ll take your soul, see you soon boy,” Chimayev wrote on Instagram.