The former welterweight title challenger believes he will get back to winning ways in his bout against Neil Magney, with a stoppage inside the first two rounds, no less. In his last match, he lost a close decision against Khamzat Chimaev in one of the best matches of 2022.
At the press conference, Burns seemed more than confident.
“I’m just going to do me,” Burns said at the UFC 283 weigh-in show. “I don’t even look at the odds, to be honest. There’s always a pressure on my back to finish these guys.
I put that pressure. I want to finish. “Tomorrow night, I’m going to be 100 percent present. If I’m there, and I don’t know what’s going to be there on fight night when the lights come on, but if I’m there present, 100 percent in there, I’m going to finish Neil Magny.
We’re not doing more than 10 minutes, if I’m present tomorrow”. Neil Magney often enters fights as an "underdog", but he rarely justifies that position. In his last eight appearances, he was defeated only twice, and that was by fighters from the very top of the division such as Shavkat Rakhmonov and Michael Chiesa.
With his 35 years behind him and 36 MMA appearances, he is considered a kind of veteran of the UFC organization, but it seems that he is getting better and better over the years. Burns is not getting any younger either, at the age of 36, this may be his last chance to do something more serious and attack the welterweight championship again.
The last time in that rush he was stopped by former champion Kamaru Usman with a knockout in the third round after a fairly even fight. The fact that the Brazilian has been rewarded with as many as three bonuses in his last five appearances also speaks of what an attractive fighter he is.
“I’m going to do pretty well against Neil Magny,” Burns said. “I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but I think I got his number”.