Ben Askren: Burns is What Jorge Wants to Be
by FARUK IMAMOVIC | VIEW 627
Gilbert Burns has been making waves in the UFC welterweight division for some time now, and his relentless pursuit of greatness has finally earned him a shot at one of the biggest names in the sport. After a commanding victory over Neil Magny earlier this month, Burns will finally get his chance to face his long-desired opponent, Jorge Masvidal, at UFC 287 in April.
With this much-anticipated match-up finally on the horizon, Burns has made some bold demands. First, he has requested that the fight be five rounds instead of the standard three, and second, he has asked that Masvidal's "BMF" belt be on the line.
While these demands are unlikely to be met, Burns can at least take comfort in the fact that he has earned this opportunity through his hard work and determination.
Burns: A Force to Be Reckoned With
Burns' rise to prominence in the UFC has been nothing short of impressive.
He has taken on all comers and emerged victorious time and time again. His willingness to face any opponent, no matter how daunting, has earned him the respect of fans and his peers alike. Former UFC fighter Ben Askren, who was famously knocked out by Masvidal in just five seconds, weighed in on the upcoming match-up between Burns and Masvidal in an interview with Daniel Cormier.
“No,” Askren answered Daniel Cormier on Masvidal beating Burns. “That’s why he’s been saying no to Burns, because he doesn’t think he’s gonna win either. DC, you know how most of these dudes work.
If they think, ‘I can beat that dude up,’ they say yes easy. If they think they can’t then they say no. That’s how they work”. Askren went on to suggest that the UFC would likely offer Masvidal an immediate title shot if he were to defeat Burns, but he also expressed doubts that this would actually come to pass.
Given Masvidal's recent string of three consecutive losses and the stylistic mismatch that Burns presents as an opponent, it is clear that this will be a challenging fight for the veteran fighter. “Burns is what Jorge wants to be.
Burns is like, ‘I’ll fight anyone,’ and he actually will. … Burns has kind of fought everyone. He seems like the guy that’ll say yes no matter what. He wants to fight Colby (Covington), he fought (Khamzat) Chimaev, he’s fought (Kamaru) Usman. He’s kind of fought all the best guys in the division”.