Burns and veteran Neil Magny are close to agreeing on a deal to fight at UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro on January 21st. News of the booking was first reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
Burns had been aiming for a fight with Jorge Masvidal for weeks, but Masvidal’s return timeframe continues to be pushed back amidst ongoing legal issues. After Masvidal’s recent harsh response to Burns’ latest callout, Magny volunteered to step up to fight him.
In the latest UFC welterweight rankings, Burns sits at No. 5 while Magny is listed at No. 12. Magny most recently defeated Daniel Rodriguez on November 5th.
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Here’s what MMA Twitter had to say about Burns vs. Magny.
Burns’ stock has risen dramatically since a full-time move from lightweight to welterweight in 2019. He earned wins over Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia before losing the welterweight title shot against then-champion Kamaru Usman.
Burns’ last win came against Stephen Thompson at UFC 264. Despite the defeat to Chimaev, some fans and pundits believe he deserved to get the victory on the scorecards.
Magny suffered a submission loss to Shavkat Rakhmonov but could skyrocket up the rankings with a victory over Burns.
UFC 283 will be headlined by a UFC flyweight tetralogy between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno.
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