GILBERT BURNS isn’t paying attention to any of the noise surrounding Khamzat Chimaev – he’s just focusing on derailing his hype train.
Former welterweight title challenger Burns will collide with the undefeated Russian a week on Sunday morning on a stacked UFC 273 card in Jacksonville, Florida.Gilbert Burns and Khamzat Chimaev will collide on a stacked UFC 273 card next month[/caption] The undefeated Chimaev has decimated all of his opponents so far[/caption] But welterweight standout Burns plans to derail the Russia in emphatic fashion[/caption] Gilbert Burns is an ambassador for Love Hemp, the Official Global CBD Partner of UFC[/caption]
All the talk going into the fourth pay-per-view event of 2022 has been about what the future will hold for surging contender Chimaev should he get past the dangerous Burns.
And Durinho is more than happy for all the focus to be on UFC’s top prospect.
The Love Hemp Ambassador told SunSport: “Sometimes it’s good to be under the radar. But to be honest, it’s not even the case.
“I’m just focused on my performance and to go out there and do the best [I can] against a tough guy.
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“And I do believe I’m gonna with this fight.”
Burns, 35, has become accustomed to tuning out the noise generated by fans, media members and oddsmakers following his loss to Kamaru Usman at UFC 248 last February.
But that wasn’t the case before that fateful night at the UFC’s Apex Facility in Las Vegas.
The Brazilian admitted: “To be honest, I had a little issues with that [in the past].
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“[I had] a lot of emotions with what people are thinking. Especially with the title fight with [Kamaru Usman]. I was taking in a lot of people’s opinions.
“That was a big learning [curve] in that fight.”
The opinions of outsiders no longer weigh on Burns as they did earlier in his career.
He said: “To be honest, people [ask], ‘What do you think about the odds?’ It doesn’t make a difference for me.
“At the end of the day, I know who I am and I know the people that are with me.Defeat to Kamaru Usman was a learning curve for Burns inside and outside of the cage[/caption]
“These people who are with me, my family and my team, their opinions mean a lot to me.
“But the media, the fans, the odds, I couldn’t care as much [about them].”
Among the things Burns couldn’t care about is the assumption Chimaev will punch his ticket to a title shot by running through him like a hot knife through butter.
And he plans to emphatically spoil what many are anticipating to be Chimaev’s coming out party by catapulting himself back into the title mix with statement-making victory.
He said: “I don’t believe it’s gonna be a decision, I think it’s going to be a finish.”
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Gilbert Burns is an ambassador for Love Hemp, the Official Global CBD Partner of UFC.
Love Hemp is a leading supplier of CBD products in the UK and USA. Its award-winning range is stocked by over 2,000 retailers across the UK, giving Love Hemp a reputation as one of the most trusted CBD brands on the market.
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