Gilbert Burns wants to be UFC champion and he’s willing to fight Leon Edwards and Jorge Masvidal — 2 of the baddest dudes in the welterweight division — all in order to earn a rematch with 170 lb.-king, Kamaru Usman.
TMZ Sports talked to 34-year-old Burns fresh off a convincing, unanimous decision win over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson at UFC 264 … and “Durinho” is open to scrapping with any of the high-ranked welterweights.
“I want the one that will get me a clear way to the title. If that’s Leon Edwards, that’s the one I want. If I need two more fights, give me Masvidal now then give me Leon Edwards later.”
Remember, Burns and Usman — who used to be training partners in Florida — fought in February 2021 … and Usman won via 3rd round TKO.
At the end of the day, who Gilbert fights first ain’t all that important … ’cause he says he ultimately wants smoke with all the best guys in the division.
“Every top opponent I want to face. I still have a dream battle against Colby [Covington]. I still want a rematch with Kamaru. I want to beat Masvidal. I want to beat Nate Diaz. I want to beat Leon Edwards. I want to beat every single guy, especially a tough one in that division.”
FYI, Burns is the #2 ranked welterweight. Edwards is #3 and Masvidal — who’s coming off a loss to Usman — is ranked 7th … but is one of the UFC’s biggest stars.
Burns isn’t only making moves inside the Octagon … we also talked to him about his partnership with Kill Cliff energy drinks — and the UFC star explains why he signed with the company.