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Gilbert Burns gets brutally honest on Colby Covington vs. Khamzat Chimaev; Believes the fight is in danger

Colby Covington has been making headlines lately for all the wrong reasons. However, behind the blur of controversy is an incredible fighter who is in great shape. ‘Chaos’ is ready for his next fight, and Dana White has hinted that it could be Khamzat Chimaev.

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The rising prospect in the welterweight division recently defeated Gilbert Burns by unanimous decision in an outstanding three-round battle. He jumped to No. 3 in the division and is backed by White to face Covington next.

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However, Chimaev’s recent opponent Burns does not see ‘Chaos’ accepting this fight. During a recent interview with MMA Junkie, “Durinho” revealed that he doesn’t believe Covington would accept a proposed fight against Chimaev.

“It’s a tough fight, but first thing is first – Colby has to accept the fight and I don’t think he will,” Burns said. He added, “I don’t know why, but I just have a feeling that he won’t accept the fight. That’s the feeling I have.”

“I think it will be a very tough fight, a very, very close fight. But I don’t think he will say yes. I do not think so. Maybe Belal (Muhammad) is there and they are doing Belal against Khamzat. I said I’d be ready for a rematch, so we’ll see. I want big fights, that’s what I’m looking for next. But I don’t think Colby will fight Khamzat.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: Khamzat Chimaev of Chechnya celebrates after his TKO victory over Rhys McKee of Northern Ireland in their welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night event inside the Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Burns believes Covington is selective in his choice of fights and chooses his opponents based on his ability to win. He said, “Because lately he’s just been fighting guys who just lost and he’s picking and picking.”

‘Durinho’ added, “I just don’t think he will. I do not know. It’s a feeling I have. He’s not taking this fight.

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The fight will be interesting to watch, as both Chimaev and Covington are talented grapplers with a background in wrestling. “Chaos” is the highest ranked welterweight inside the UFC and has won each of his last eleven fights except for two title fights against Kamaru Usman.

Khamzat Chimaev was inspired by Conor McGregor

The Chechen fighter is on an epic run inside the UFC and hasn’t stopped growing since his arrival. He is undefeated in MMA (11-0) and UFC (5-0) and is considered the next big name in the sport.

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Many compare him to former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov due to their similar backgrounds and fighting styles. However, Khamzat Chimaev made a startling revelation in an interview with famed UFC journalist Brett Okamoto.

“Borz” revealed that his inspiration to become an MMA fighter came from Khabib Nurmagomedov’s nemesis, Conor McGregor.

“The Notorious” turned the sport into a money-making machine and made it popular around the world. This also impressed Chimaev, and he thought he could also be successful in sports. He was formerly into Sambo and wrestling, but had stopped wrestling for personal reasons.

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