After Jorge Masvidal initially failed to come back to phrases with the UFC, Burns (18-Three MMA, 12-Three UFC) was introduced as the subsequent challenger for welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 251.
Diaz (20-12 MMA, 18-11 UFC), who’s recognized to have had his fair proportion of negotiation points with the UFC, took purpose at Burns for allegedly settling for much less simply so he can battle for the title. After Burns was compelled to withdraw from UFC 251 on account of a constructive COVID-19 check, the promotion circled again to Masvidal, who will now face Usman this Saturday at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Insulted by Diaz’s comment, Burns responded.
“He’s a journeyman. I feel I can beat the (expletive) out of Nate Diaz any day of the week,” Burns informed ESPN. “Even with corona on me, I consider I can beat Nate Diaz. I can outbox him, outgrapple him, I can slap that man up simply. The man comes out and (makes) these feedback like – I’m an actual fighter too, bro. I used to respect these guys rather a lot, however guess what? I’m an actual fighter, too. You fought Conor (McGregor) on a few days’ discover. I fought a Russian man, 20-0, on a pair days’ discover.
“It bothered me a bit of bit, as a result of I’m an actual fighter, too.”
Since shifting as much as 170 kilos, Burns has rapidly risen to title competition, profitable 4 fights in lower than a 12 months. It began with a short-notice name to face previously undefeated Alexey Kunchenko final August in Uruguay, and Burns hasn’t regarded again since, most just lately dominating former champion Tyron Woodley in Could.
Burns is hoping to get the winner of Usman vs. Masvidal, but when Masvidal wins, he’s not holding his breath.