When Leon Edwards pulled out of his fight against Tyron Woodley, the UFC was actively looking for replacements. The likes of Colby Covington and Gilbert Burns stepped up to fight Woodley on short notice.
The fight was scheduled to take place in London on March 21, but because of the Coronavirus outbreak, the fight was moved from London to the US. In the meantime, Woodley said that he was ready to accept the fight against either Covington or Burns.
But Gilbert Burns says that Tyron Woodley is lying about accepting the fight. According to Burns, ‘The Chosen One’ turned down the fight against him and was actively seeking the UFC for a fight against Covington.
“He’s a liar. He turned it down a couple of times. I’m not someone to say things about people but he is a liar. He knows Dana knows, Sean Shelby knows he’s a liar because he turned it down and he made the UFC try for Colby,” Burns said to BJPENN.com in a recent interview.
“Then they were looking for RDA and he didn’t want to fight him. He knows I have the ground game and the knockout power that he didn’t want to fight. I’m orthodox, Leon is a southpaw. He didn’t want the fight, he’s a liar. As soon as the President of the States spoke saying no more than 10 people, all of a sudden he accepted because he knew the event wouldn’t happen. Dana told him the fight was already off. He’s a liar, a freaking liar. He says he accepted, he’s such a liar.”
Gilbert Burns says he would finish Tyron Woodley
Gilbert Burns said that he would finish the former welterweight champion if they fought inside the cage.
“I would’ve finished Tyron Woodley. He’s old and Tyron Woodley has two more fights and then he’s going to retire. He’s done,” he explained. “I am 33-years-old, best I’ve ever felt and I believe I would’ve finished him. But, I think I will fight him this year and I will finish him.”
Gilbert Burns is coming off of a first-round TKO win over Demian Maia at UFC Brasilia earlier this month. He is currently riding on a five-fight winning streak in the UFC. He wants to fight the top guys and is ranked #6 in the division. Burns says that he wants to fight Woodley or Covington next.
“If I can pick, I want Colby Covington or Tyron Woodley. But they don’t want it. If not, I’d like Leon Edwards, Wonderboy for sure and if they turn it down, I’ll fight Michael Chiesa,” he said. “If I can pick it would be Tyron or Colby but if they hide as they will hide, my order would be Edwards, Wonderboy then Chiesa.” (H/T – BJPenn.com)