Chimaev and Burns went to war at UFC 273, with nonstop action throughout three rounds. Chimaev earned the win on the judges’ scorecards, but it was a fight that many believe could’ve been scored either way.
The fight also earned ‘Fight of the Night’ honors, with both Chimaev and Burns each earning an additional $50k. The UFC also gave Burns his win bonus despite losing the fight by decision.
UFC President Dana White has recently alluded to a plan for Chimaev to fight Colby Covington next in a potential No. 1 contender bout. Covington is coming off of a win against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272.
After Burns reached out to him on Twitter to pitch the idea of a five-round rematch if the Covington fight doesn’t happen, Chimaev seemed enticed by the idea of going five rounds in a rematch with Burns.
“In 5 rounds I will take your soul see you soon boy,” Chimaev tweeted.
This is not the first time Burns suggested fighting Chimaev in a five-round fight. In fact, before their UFC 273 bout became official, Burns revealed that he had requested for the bout to be contested within five rounds.
Chimaev took a big leap in competition with Burns after winning his previous four UFC fights with relative ease. He appears on the fast track to a welterweight title shot with one more win.
As for Burns, he remains in the title picture after dropping just two spots to No. 4 in the latest UFC rankings. Chimaev jumped up from No. 11 to No. 3 with his close win over Burns.
The intensity of their UFC 273 matchup could certainly warrant a rematch between Chimaev and Burns down the line. If it happens, it appears that both sides want it to be part of a main event slot.
Do you think Khamzat Chimaev and Gilbert Burns will fight each other again in the future?