When Gilbert Burns was supplied the chance to face Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title at UFC 251, he didn’t hesitate to say sure. However he additionally made positive to receives a commission what he was price.
In accordance with the No. 1 contender at 170 kilos, the UFC made him a monetary provide worthy of a title shot after the promotion failed to come back to phrases with Jorge Masvidal.
“They supplied me an amazing sum of money,” Burns stated about his deal to battle at UFC 251 when talking to MMA Combating. “More cash than a variety of guys get preventing for the title. I’m completely happy for my scenario. However I’m placing myself in that place to get these fights.
“I perceive Masvidal’s aspect, he needs extra money. However I feel all of it comes right down to administration. If you happen to simply signed a deal, how come you going to ask for a brand new deal? It simply doesn’t make sense. I feel it’s all within the negotiations.”
Masvidal initially stated the UFC supplied him much less cash to face Usman than he made to tackle Nate Diaz this previous November. UFC president Dana White responded by declaring that Masvidal had inked a brand new eight-fight deal earlier than going through Diaz.
The conflict went on with Masvidal saying the multi-fight deal was offered to him as a “take it or depart it” scenario, which is why he finally signed on the dotted line.
Whereas Burns received’t fault Masvidal for searching for to make more cash, he believes the favored welterweight went about it the fallacious method.
“I don’t assume that helped,” Burns stated about Masvidal’s pay complaints. “I don’t assume that’s serving to Masvidal’s aspect. I feel my case is a robust case. He was fighter of the yr in 2019. I’m already two fights [in this year], two nice performances, I imagine I earned the title shot, however I perceive these guys need extra money and every little thing. I feel there’s a greater strategy to get these offers carried out than simply complain.
“Like we noticed a pair guys, Khabib [Nurmagomedov] by no means complained about cash. D.C. [Daniel Cormier] by no means complained about cash. [Georges St-Pierre], a variety of guys, I do know these guys make an amazing sum of money, and so they don’t have to go towards the UFC, throw every little thing within the media. I simply assume there’s a greater method than occurring social media [and saying], ‘Oh let me go, give me extra money or let me go.’ I feel you’ve received a greater strategy to do enterprise than this fashion.”
On Wednesday, Masvidal detailed his failed negotiations for the Usman battle and the way Burns finally accepted the matchup on July 11.
“They supplied me significantly much less cash then what I ought to be getting and it doesn’t work,” Masvidal stated through his private YouTube channel. ”Then they provide the man the least sum of money that might take it, in order that’s what they do.
“They supplied me [the fight] after which after I stated no, they supplied a pair different individuals [until] they received to Gilbert. Gilbert wasn’t their very first thing. No one on a worldwide scale is aware of him. I’m not dissing his talent set, however simply he’s not a recognized man.
“In fact, he took the bottom cash doable to battle for a title. He can do no matter he needs along with his time and his talent set, and so can I. I wish to receives a commission for mine. I don’t don’t have anything detrimental or optimistic to say in regards to the battle that’s developing. I don’t care. I’m simply fearful about me.”
Whereas Masvidal was unable to come back to phrases with the UFC, Burns says he was fully happy with the contract he was supplied, and he’ll be even happier after changing into champion.
“For positive I’m completely happy,” Burns added. “They pay me good cash. Now it’s all in public. We will see how a lot guys are making for a title shot. I’m making truthful cash for a title shot.
“I’ve a brand new contract, extra money and being the champion I’m going to have every little thing the champion has and I’m pleased with my contract proper now.”
As for Masvidal, he stays sidelined with no phrase on when he may return to motion.