Herbert Burns: Jorge Masvidal, content with the ‘celebrity life’, doesn’t want to fight brother Gilbert Burns

Gilbert Burns is hoping to get a UFC fight with Jorge Masvidal next and even said he would contractually agree not to shoot a single takedown in that event. Masvidal responded that he was open to the matchup, although he specifically declined the no-takedown offer.

However, Burns’ brother – fellow UFC fighter Herbert Burns – isn’t confident it will happen.

“I really don’t think Masvidal wants this fight,” Burns said on this week’s episode of the MMA Fighting podcast Trocacao Franca in front of his UFC Long Island fights Bill Algeo.

“He can’t turn down a fight because he is [Baddest Motherf*****] World Champion,” said Burns. “If you’re the worst man on the planet, how can you turn down a fight? You have to be ready but I don’t think Masvidal wants this fight. If they fight, Gilbert will finish him off. I don’t see this fight going past the second round. Gilbert ends this fight.”

“Durinho” last fought in April, losing a back-and-forth bout with 170-pound sensation Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 273.

Masvidal, on the other hand, hasn’t won in almost three years, losing his last three bouts to champion Kamaru Usman and former interim champion Colby Covington.

“The easiest way to victory [for Gilbert] would be to take him down and submit to him,” Burns said. “Masvidal has good takedown defense, he’s not bad at anything. He’s got jiu-jitsu and flashy, decent defensive wrestling, but Gilbert is better than him in all areas and more motivated, wants to be a champion, and I think Masvidal is content with his life as a star.”

“’Durinho’ can KO him without a doubt. It’s a bad game for Masvidal. Masvidal doesn’t have the game for him. He couldn’t stop Colby from closing the distance, he couldn’t stop wrestlers from doing their thing. He has struggled with this throughout his career and ‘Durinho’ brings the same difficulties with his world-class jiu-jitsu. ‘Durinho’ is better than him in all areas, knocking him out or subduing him. If they fight, there will be no decision. ‘Durinho’ finishes it early.”

Meanwhile, Herbert Burns is focused on getting his own work done in his first fight since his knee injury in 2021.

Originally booked for 23-0 Long Island signing Khusein Askhabov, The Blaze is delighted to now share the cage with a fighter with more experience under the UFC banner.

“I really want to get back on track,” he said. “My last fight was a loss and it was the worst performance of my MMA career. I was in terrible shape trying my best to gain weight, wrecking my body and performance and still missing the weight. That’s no excuse, hats off to Daniel Pineda, he was better than me that night, but I can’t wait to throw in the old The Blaze and unleash the beast on Saturday and put in one of the best performances of my career Put my name on the featherweight ladder radar.

Switching opponents just meant “changing the victim’s name,” Burns said, and his plan was to “walk through” Algeo.

As for a possible rematch with Pineda to prove he wasn’t at his best when they first met at UFC 252, Burns said he and Pineda need to get some good wins first for it to make sense.

“More than a rematch, I want to be ranked and be a champion,” Burns said. “If the rematch makes sense, if he pulls off a good win, I’ll definitely want the rematch because I’m sure the outcome would be different, but I’m not obsessed with that. The only thing I’m obsessed with is getting ranked and climbing to the top of the division.”

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