Gilbert Burns Touts UFC 295 Winner To Shake Up His Division: 'He Is A Problem!'
Former welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns was in the house for UFC 295 this past weekend at Madison Square Garden.
With every fight on the main card ending in a finish, there was a lot to get excited about. But one talking point may not have been highlighted enough in the aftermath.
Opening up the PPV, Diego Lopes vs. Pat Sabatini had ‘overlooked banger’ written all over it, and the Brazilian certainly delivered.
Stopping his opponent in 90 seconds, Lopes continued his trajectory as one of the breakout success stories of 2023 after coming out of nowhere with his short-notice debut at UFC 288 in May.
Burns Expects Big Things From Lopes Having Watched Him Up Close
Having impressed while making his UFC debut on short notice, Lopes is one of the best examples of grabbing hold of an opportunity and running with it.
Although he may have come up short against the undefeatedMovsar Evloev, who is currently ranked #9 at 145 pounds, there was a lot of promise on show from the 28-year-old.
Fans were right to get excited about the Brazilian-born jiu-jitsu specialist, who has backed it up with two highly impressive finishes in consecutive fights since his debut.
With his knockout win this past weekend, Lopes will be very close to getting a top 15 ranking in the featherweight division, and could receive a big matchup next time out.
During his recap of the event on his YouTube channel, Burns spoke about how impressed he has been with Lopes since sharing the card with him on his debut in Newark.
“Durinho” expects him to be a legitimate threat at 145 pounds and hopes to see a number next to his name in the very near future.
“Lopes (got) a crazy knockout… I was there when he fought in New Jersey.. This guy went there, showed up on short notice… Then he got a crazy flying triangle,” Burns said. “Now he got a frickin’ knockout. Lopes is a problem (in the) 145 division. This guy is different. He is gonna be ranked. He is very good. He should be ranking next week.”
Although Lopes missed out on a place inside the top 15 in the latest rankings update, he’ll be hoping that more standout performance on MMA’s biggest stage does the trick and adds a number next to his name.
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