Gilbert Burns was not the first candidate to fight with Kamaru Usman after Jorge Masvidala failed to sign the title fight with the UFC Nigerian Nightmare.
Before giving the title chance to the Brazilian, the organization offered a champion fight to the fifth number of the welterweight division, Leon Edwards, who refused the fight.
“For those who ask, yes, they offered me the title chance before Gilbert, but we could not arrange it. 2020 was a difficult year for me, as for most people, but to hell with everything – you cannot stop what is inevitable. The belt will be mine. Take care of yourself, ”Edwards tweeted.
At the same time, the manager of Usman and Burns, Ali Abdelaziz, announced that Edwards will fight with the winner of the title fight.
“Hey champion, we don’t know each other, but I respect you. You will be next because you deserve it more than anyone else, ”wrote Abdelaziz, addressing the British.
Recall that the welterweight title fight between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns will be the main event of the UFC 251 tournament, which will be held on July 11 on the island of Yas in Abu Dhabi.