Burns Reacts To His Loss And Shoulder Injury Against Muhammad

Belal Muhammad beat Gilbert Burns in their welterweight bout as the latter’s left-shoulder injury accompanied his unanimous-decision defeat at UFC 288.

In hindsight, Burns’ enthusiasm may have cost him. He returned to the octagon only three weeks after going the distance with Jorge Masvidal at UFC 287, the latter who went on to retire.

The lack of preparation time may have cost Burns, leaving inadequate time to study his opponent while also contributing to his shoulder injury. After all, the injury was noticeable during the fight between rounds.

“He had a tear in his shoulder, I think it was in that first scramble on the ground there when he took him down. He’s got a tear. I’m always impressed with Gilbert Burns.

“His fight with Khamzat Chimaev was unbelievable and what he did in Miami two weeks ago [against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 287] was unbelievable.

“And the fact that he wanted to turn around this fast, I have nothing but respect for that kid. And to think that he would fight with one shoulder is not shocking. He’s an absolute savage,” Dana White

Despite the loss, Burns took his time to pay homage to Belal who was the better man. 

And once the dust had settled down somewhat, Burns remained optimistic about not needing surgery on his shoulder. 


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