Gilbert Burns said Colby Covington refused to fight him in June

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Former UFC welterweight title contender Gilbert Burns is keen to return to the Octagon, and has been offered several opposing options for his return.

On Twitter, Gilbert Burns shared that he and his team are considering a potential comeback in June, and of the three opponents approached to fight him, two said yes and Colby Covington said no.

Gilbert Burns said Colby Covington refused to fight him in June

Both Burns and his team appeared to be watching the Covington fight, and Burns posted a post shortly after becoming the number one contender in the rankings.

“I don’t want slap this guy for free, even though he deserves! But if he keep saying no to fight me, I might have to”

According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Burns’s manager Ali Abdelaziz requested this fight for his client, however it wasn’t the only name the team asked for Michael Chiesa as well. It is currently unclear if Chiesa is one of the fighters who agreed to fight Burns in June when he was approached.

Additionally, Abdelaziz, who also runs welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, shared that he spoke to the champion and while he holds the belt, Covington will need to defeat another opponent before being presented with a rematch.

Covington and Usman met at UFC 245 in December 2019, in this extremely close match, Usman was able to finish with Covington in the fifth round to defend his title. Since then, Covington has only entered the Octagon once to face former champion Tyron Woodley in September 2020.

Gilbert Burns is backtracking his failed title attempt against his teammate and friend Usman and is currently ranked second just behind Covington.

Burns’ enigmatic foe is kept under wraps right now, however there are three free fighters in the top six that are currently unbooked, Leon Edwards, Stephen Thompson and Michael Chiesa, so it could probably be one of those fighters.

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