At UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Gilbert Burns defeated Neil Magny using an arm-triangle choke, getting back to the winning column after his fight with Khamzat Chimaev. After the match, Burns challenged Colby Covington, a challenge he has been making for years.
During the post-fight press conference, Burns revealed that he had a chance encounter with Covington three months ago who acted outside of his usual character.
“I saw Colby three months and a half ago,” Burns said. “[I was at] a Brazilian concert in Florida, and I think he had just left the poker room. I was passing by, and I looked and was like, ‘that’s Colby over there.’ I looked at him, and he shook his head and said, ‘Come here.’ I said, ‘oh s—t it’s on,’ and I walked over there … I was ready.
“I don’t know what I was gonna say, but Colby said, ‘I’m a huge fan, brother.’ He was super cool. Um, I’m pretty honest right now. I don’t have to lie. He was super cool.”
‘I’m a huge fan — you know I’m a character. I just want to make money. I appreciate you. I know you have a beautiful family.’ He was super cool,” Burns continued, “And it was getting even weirder because he was saying it over and over for over like two minutes, bro.”
The current status of Covington, who is involved in an alleged assault case against Jorge Masvidal, is unknown, but it is expected that he will return to the ring in 2023.