Gilbert Burns Praises Jorge Masvidal 'But I Still Want to Beat the S--t out of You'

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJune 12, 2022

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - APRIL 09: Gilbert Burns of Brazil prepares to fight Khamzat Chimaev in their welterweight fight during the UFC 273 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on April 09, 2022 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC)
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Gilbert Burns had a message for Jorge Masvidal as he looks to set up a new welterweight bout.

"I respect you so much. I think you're one of the BMFs," Burns said, per TMZ Sports. "You're a legend, over 50 fights, but brother, I have a lot of bad intentions. I respect you, but I still want to beat the s--t out of you."

Masvidal notably won the "BMF Belt" in a 2019 fight against Nate Diaz, honoring him as the "baddest motherf--ker." He has lost three straight bouts since then, however, including two title fights against Kamaru Usman.

Burns also fell to Usman in 2021 and is coming off a loss against Khamzat Chimaev.

They are both still ranked in the top 10 of the welterweight division, but they could both use a high-profile fight to get back on track. The two competitors each showed interest in a matchup last month:

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"I think Jorge Masvidal, he's a big name, he's the name that I'm looking forward to, and I think we'll put on a show," Burns told TMZ. "UFC is interested, he's interested, I am. I think he got a little injury, so we wait for him to get a little bit more recovery, and then we go forward."