An intriguing matchup featuring highly-respected veteran welterweights Gilbert Burns and Neil Magny has been added to UFC 283.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to confirm that Burns vs. Magny has been added to UFC 283, which is set to take place on January 21, 2023, at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Gilbert Burns (@GilbertDurinho) will get his fight in Rio de Janeiro. Burns vs. Neil Magny (@NeilMagny) is close to being finalized for UFC 282 on Jan. 21, per multiple sources. pic.twitter.com/zL9x08mwJZ
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 23, 2022
Gilbert Burns (@GilbertDurinho) will get his fight in Rio de Janeiro. Burns vs. Neil Magny (@NeilMagny) is close to being finalized for UFC 282 on Jan. 21, per multiple sources.
*Note that Okamoto’s Tweet says UFC 282, but he issued a correction that he meant UFC 283.
Burns has been trying to get a big-money fight against Jorge Masvidal for several months now, but according to the Brazilian, “Gamebred” turned him down several times. Burns wanted to fight on the Brazil card, so when the UFC came to him with Magny, he obviously decided to say yes. On paper, Burns is the No. 5 ranked welterweight while Magny is ranked a bit lower down at No. 12.
Burns (20-5) only fought one time in 2022, but the fight was memorable as he went the distance with top prospect Khamzat Chimaev and put on a “Fight of the Year” candidate. Although Burns lost the unanimous decision, he came closer than anyone else in the UFC to beating Chimaev. Prior to that fight, Burns beat Stephen Thompson by decision. Overall, he’s 5-2 in the UFC as a welterweight. If you include his previous fights at lightweight, Burns is 13-5 overall in the Octagon.
Magny (27-9) had an overall successful 2022 campaign, going 2-1 with wins over Daniel Rodriguez and Max Griffin while only losing to highly-touted youngster Shavkat Rakhmonov. Magny has been in the UFC since 2013 and is 20-8 overall in the UFC. After beating Rodriguez n his last fight, Magny passed Georges St-Pierre for the most wins in UFC welterweight history.
Who do you think wins this welterweight bout at UFC 283 between Gilbert Burns and Neil Magny?
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