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Gilbert Burns defends Stephen Thompson performance, responds to Dana White criticism

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  1. KazDibiase "My style is kneeing people in the face."

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    “I caught myself saying sorry, I said, ‘You know what? Boo,’” Burns said on What the Heck. “I don’t care.”

    Burns admits his performance against Stephen Thompson at UFC 264 wasn’t must-see TV. It came after a bad knockout loss in the biggest fight of his life, a title shot at UFC 258 against champ Kamaru Usman that started well and suddenly went south. A second consecutive loss wasn’t something he was willing to accept, and so he fought “Wonderboy” to win – not necessarily to entertain.

    When the crowd at T-Mobile Arena let him know they were unhappy, Burns was steadfast that he’d done the right thing for his career, which no one other than he had any bigger stake in. So he let them know.

    With some distance from the event, Burns can understand where the criticism comes from. He just can’t let himself be taken under by it.

    “Now that it’s opened up [and crowds are back], you guys want to see more action,” he said. “But you come in here and do action against these guys. Go forward and swing for the fences, you’ll see what’s going to happen.”

    Look at the stats, he said, and you’ll see a fighter that did his job and did it well. Takedowns, striking and control were all in his favor against a two-time title challenger that’s knocked out many an overzealous opponent.


    “I was very nervous coming from a knockout loss against the champion and trying to rebuild myself again, make sure I do believe in what I said, that I still have time to be a champion,” Burns said.

    And while it would appear the Brazilian’s title hopes might be dimmer in light of UFC President Dana White’s feedback that he merely won the fight, Burns doesn’t put too much stock in the feedback of the moment.

    Look at champ Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane, who both delivered performances panned by UFC brass, and you’ll see that the boss can change his mind pretty quickly.

    “After [Ngannou] lost the title shot, who was his first fight? How was that fight? Who won that fight? [Derrick] ‘Black Beast’ [Lewis} – it wasn’t Francis. So every weekend [White] makes fights, and he said the same thing about Ciryl Gane a couple of fights ago – ‘I don’t like that performance.’ He’s fighting for the [interim] title right now.

    “[White is] very hard nowadays. Dana White’s very emotional, for sure. He wants my fight to be a banger. He wants Conor McGregor’s fight to be a banger, and I understand. As a promoter, that’s what you have to do. I understand his opinion, but I don’t rely on it. That’s not going to define what I do next.”


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  3. Kung Fu Kowboy Winning until he lost 2021 Staff Member Senior Moderator

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  4. sampuncher Red Belt

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    That's what happens siometimes when top guys fight other top guys.

    It's been so long since we saw 2 top WW contenders fight we forgot that can be the case sometimes.
     
  5. iwantgsp Orange Belt

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    Burns lol he should have been DQd for blatantly pounding on Steven's back head.
    He will never be a champ. A short-arm panic wrestler with a mediocre striking with some power.
     
  6. KazDibiase "My style is kneeing people in the face."

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    I thought that's why people were booing, not really the performance but the shots to the back of the head.
     
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  7. Rorschachxx Brown Belt

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    After decades we still can't get used to the idea that two top fighters might not have a barn-burner of a fight? Burns did his thing and won, its hard beating Wonderboy and its even harder making it an entertaining win.
     
  8. Sweater of AV Gold Belt

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    Dana's an idiot. Great win for Burns.
     
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  9. Kos Fan Brown Belt

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    Plenty of great fighters will never be champions. Burns is amongst the best in the world and got the job done against another top guy in Wonderboy.
     
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  10. BigGucci Green Belt

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    It's funny how Dana white always complained about kimbo and those fights being fixed but he pays fighters performance of the night bonuses to stand and play rock em sock em robots. Kind of makes you realize why it's not a legit sport.
     
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  11. iwantgsp Orange Belt

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    Not that great imo. Sure there are great fighters who never won the belt like Chad but burns? lol no
     
  12. Dan Torrance Brown Belt

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    Wonderboy's one of those guys... he's old now yet somehow he remains dangerous and at the top of the heap.

    i still want to see him fight usman.

    good win for burns, you can't ever count Wonderboy out.
     
  13. HNIC215 Semper Fidelis...

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    I wouldn’t care what Dana White thinks either if I was a fighter…

    He changes his mood faster than a bitch on her period.

    Fuck that TRT using, pink, Pepto-Bismol blood type having, having my private chef cook me disgusting fatty foods to taste on the gram eating, casino Hooker fucking, money wasting, used to be a boxing instructor so I think I know how to fight, don’t pay my fighters enough and hoard all the profits from UFC ass miser.
     
  14. RemyR Red Belt Platinum Member

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    Burns did fine. Casuals are just dumb fucks.
     
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    Gilbert is okay. He spared us from a shitty WB title shot
     
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  16. Gigaton Punch Gold Belt

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    Wasn't a great fight but not all of them are.
    He exposed Wonderboy as any type of threat to Usman though. Literally was able to take him down basically whenever he wanted and keep him there. It was a good example of someone getting overrated in a certain area (take down defense) when they haven't fought anybody that's strong in that area
     
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    "Dana White’s very emotional, for sure."

    Burns telling the truth.
     
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  18. GreatSaintGuillotine You may not like what I say but it's the truth.

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    I've always said this and will stand by it. Fuck the fans, fight to win. Fighting to entertain is how you never get a title. The more Burns relies on his bjj the better
     
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  19. The Shido Knows White Belt

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    Giblert will never be champ
     
  20. Shaddows Steel Belt

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    LOL
    as haters goes, you sound delusional and desperate.

    Panic wrestler? You do understand he is the best ground fighter in that division right now, right?
    He is also one of the hardest hitters.

    Go suck Colby's nuts and gtfo with your asinine opinion.
     
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