Gilbert Burns and Stephen Thompson have verbally agreed to face off in a battle between two former welterweight title contenders.
Contracts haven’t been signed simply but, however Dana White introduced the information by way of ESPN, with the bout deliberate to occur at UFC 264 on July 10. That card might be headlined by the trilogy between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.
Each fighters got here actually near successful the welterweight title of their earlier makes an attempt, they usually’re each possible see this match up as a method to get nearer to a different shot on the belt.
Burns, the #2 ranked welterweight, is coming off a latest loss in his title bid towards Kamaru Usman final February. He knocked Usman down early, however the champion managed to outlive and switch issues round to finish Burns’ six-fight successful streak.
Thompson is ranked at #5, and has had two high quality wins over Geoff Neal and Vicente Luque not too long ago. He had a majority resolution loss and a majority attract razor skinny championship bouts in 2017 and 2018 towards then champion Tyron Woodley. “Wonderboy” is 38, and this might very properly characterize his remaining run on the title.
Usman is ready to defend his title towards Jorge Masvidal subsequent at UFC 261. One other high-profile bout that might decide the following challenger is that historic UFC 262 bout between Leon Edwards and Nate Diaz.
Right here’s how the UFC 264 card is shaping up up to now:
Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor 3
Gilbert Burns vs Stephen Thompson
Ryan Corridor vs Illia Topuria
Jerome Rivera vs Zhalgas Zhumagulov
Omari Akhmedov vs Brad Tavares
Jessica Eye vs Jennifer Maia