Gilbert Burns is looking to face anyone and everyone these days it seems. Whether that’s in grappling or in MMA. His biggest fight yet could be next.
Submission Underground 10 (SUG) took place on Sunday, Dec. 22, and in the evening’s co-main event, Gilbert “Durinho” Burns filled in for Dean Lister. His opponent? Well, that was none other than one of the world’s greatest grapplers in Australia’s Craig Jones.
Unfortunately for the UFC welterweight contender Burns, he would suffer the usual fate of Jones’ opponents and that was a tap to a leg lock.
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“I couldn’t get [things to go] the way I was planning on them going,” Burns told The Scrap after the match, “I thought I’d be able to escape his attacks and start step by step imposing my rhythm, my attacks. And then I got caught in the beginning but it is what it is. It’s a learning process. As soon as I’m back home I’m going to drill a lot of those escapes, get sharp. I think every little thing matters. Every little detail, every little lesson. And I’m taking that home and making sure I get better on that.”
Just a week prior to SUG 10, Burns helped lead Team UFC to victory at Quintet: Ultra by dispatching the likes of Yves Edwards, Kazushi Sakuraba, and Jake Shields.
For Brazil’s “Durinho” who is also a highly skilled BJJ black belt, he currently rides a four-fight winning streak inside the UFC with his most recent two bouts coming in his return to 170-pounds. His last fight took place in September at UFC Copenhagen when he earned an impressive victory over Gunnar Nelson. In his return bout before that, he put the first blemish on the unbeaten 20-0 record of Alexey Kunchenko.
Now, it appears that Burns is lined up for his biggest MMA fight yet as the UFC is looking to make a fight between him and Demian Maia the co-main event of UFC Brasilia on March 14.
“The fight [with Maia] has been offered and it’s a very good spot as a co-main event in Brazil,” Burns said, “I’m hoping my opponent gets the fight because I think it would change my career, it would be a great show for the fans. I’m just waiting. Since my last fight with Gunnar Nelson, that was September 27, I think. And I’m begging to fight. Nobody wants that fight so I hope I get that fight signed for March [14th] in Brazil. Just crossing my fingers and hoping to get a nice opponent and let’s see.”
In regards to the legendary two-time title challenger in Maia, he recently extended his streak to three after he became the first man to submit Ben Askren in the main event of October’s UFC Singapore card.
UFC Brasilia currently shapes up as follows:
- Middleweight – 185lbs: Brad Tavares vs. Antônio Carlos Júnior
- Strawweight – 115lbs: Paige VanZant vs. Amanda Ribas
- Light Heavyweight – 205lbs: Johnny Walker vs. Nikita Krylov
- Heavyweight – 207-265lbs: Carlos Felipe vs. Jeff Hughes
- Flyweight – 125lbs: Maryna Moroz vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
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The Scrap’s Drake Riggs is an MMA writer and YouTuber based out of Brush Prairie, Washington who specializes in feature pieces, the women’s fight scene, lists, news coverage, and rankings. Riggs has been a passionate MMA fan since 2009 and has written for various news sources. You can follow him on Twitter (@Dre_Kriggs).