After a long and arduous journey of recovery, Gilbert Burns, known as Durinho to his fans, is finally back in the game. Six months ago, he suffered a devastating injury, tearing multiple muscles in his left shoulder during his UFC 288 bout against Belal Muhammad. However, speaking exclusively to TMZ Sports, Burns reveals that he is now fully healed and ready to step back into the Octagon. With his sights set on a triumphant return, he also reveals his desire for a notable matchup – a clash with the number three ranked contender, Colby Covington.
The road to recovery has not been an easy one for Gilbert Burns. The pain, the grueling rehabilitation process, and the uncertainty of when, or if, he would ever be able to compete again surely took a toll on him both physically and mentally. However, today, he stands victorious over his injuries. “I’m clear. No pain. Shoulder is moving good. All range of motion is back. Strength,” Gilbert proudly proclaims. With his health back on track, he confidently declares, “I’d say anything March or April, UFC 299 or UFC 300, I’ll be ready to go.”
While Burns is eager to make his return, he also has his eyes set on his next opponent. With the upcoming welterweight title fight at UFC 296 between Colby Covington and the reigning champion Leon Edwards, Durinho sees an opportunity. He expresses his desire to lock horns with Covington, the number three ranked contender, as his first fight back. However, he acknowledges that the outcome of the upcoming title bout could potentially alter his plans. “I think Leon Edwards is gonna get the win, but who knows when he’s gonna come back. Or when either one of these guys is gonna come back. That would be my number one pick,” Gilbert explains.
Regardless of the outcome at UFC 296, Gilbert Burns will be in attendance, eagerly watching the title fight unfold at the T-Mobile Arena. “I think after that night I’m gonna see who I’m fighting next,” he exclaims. This ringside view will not only give Burns valuable insight into his potential future opponents but also serve as a reminder of his ultimate goal – to regain his position as a top-tier welterweight contender.
Reflecting on his previous loss to Belal Muhammad, Gilbert Burns is unwavering in his self-belief. Despite the circumstances surrounding his injury, he is certain that he would have emerged victorious had he not gotten hurt. “100% me healthy, I would destroy Belal Muhammad and I would get that win back,” Burns assertively states. This unwavering confidence fuels his determination to prove himself and pave the way for his redemption.
As Gilbert Burns prepares for his long-awaited return to the Octagon, the world of MMA eagerly awaits his comeback. With his injuries behind him and his sights locked on a future clash with Colby Covington, Durinho is ready to leave his mark and reclaim his position among the welterweight elite. It’s time for the redemption of Gilbert Burns, and he’s coming back stronger than ever.