Gilbert Burns has made it clear that he has no personal grudge against Nate Diaz. Although the two world champions have been exchanging verbal stitches on Twitter lately, there doesn’t seem to be any animosity between the two.
‘Durinho’ recently interacted with MMA Junkie’s John Morgan and was asked about his latest feud with Diaz. Burns said he finds Diaz entertaining, but the Stockton native shouldn’t have talked about him.
“I like him. He’s damn funny. It’s damn entertaining. I’m not going to say, ‘No, I don’t like him’. I like him. I don’t think he can be a champ anymore, but he’s fucking entertaining. I like the guy. “
Burns added that he likes the way Diaz carries himself. However, the reason the Brazilian called him on Twitter was because of his assumption that the fan favorite was interested in fighting him.
“He was the one who started talking crazy about me … I just thought, ‘Maybe this guy wants to fight me,’ and I just realized he doesn’t want to fight me. I like the guy i don’t think he will ever fight me to be honest but i was just having fun yesterday. Nothing against the guy. He’s funny, he’s crazy, “said Gilbert Burns.
After beating Stephen Thompson at UFC 264, Burns claimed that his 170-pound contender Leon Edwards was not “hungry” in his five-round bout with Diaz.
Burns’ testimony clearly annoyed Diaz when he responded to the Brazilian by calling him an “amateur”. Since then, both men have been walking back and forth on Twitter.
Gilbert Burns sees Leon Edwards as his ideal opponent
Now that Gilbert Burns has successfully recovered from his loss to Kamaru Usman, the 35-year-old is looking to win his second jump in the UFC welterweight title.
Burns believes his next opponent should be Leon Edwards, who is third in the welterweight division. He also named two other fighters on his radar: Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz.
When asked about a possible schedule for his next fight, Burns said he expected a return in October or November.
Gilbert Burns is currently 13-4 in the UFC. His win over ‘Wonderboy’ at UFC 264 was good enough to maintain his second place and keep him in the division’s cover picture.