Victory for the winner boosts their chances of securing a title fight, later in the year, instead of Colby Covington. The pair arrive into the fight on good form.
Belal arrives into the fixture, having won his last four fights. Meanwhile, Burns has also won his last two bouts, which included victory over Jorge Masvidal.
“Because now I can get a finish. If I want to solidify myself as the No. 1 contender, I’ve got to take this guy out.” Burns
“With Belal Muhammad, I’m putting this guy away. I don’t care how many rounds it takes, but I’m putting this guy out of there.
“There is no way he’s going 25 minutes with me. So that’s the main reason to go five rounds, just to put this guy out and get a finish,” Burns via MMA Junkie
And the anticipation for the fight was evident on social media.
Social Media Reaction
I really hope Gilbert can get the belt, he’s really showing he wants it more than anybody
— Christian 🪙 (@BDN_supremo) April 21, 2023
Burns really takes no breaks, let’s go 👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼
— Nita (@Love_nitax3) April 21, 2023
Lets go Gilbert, then winner verse the winner of Colby and Leon
— Tristan Pereira (@_tpereira3) April 21, 2023