Gilbert Burns foresees Ian Machado Garry becoming a champion: “in a few years, yes”

Gilbert Burns shares his thoughts on Ian Machado Garry and other fighters in the welterweight division.

by Aryan Lakhani
Gilbert Burns foresees Ian Machado Garry becoming a champion: “in a few years, yes”
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The welterweight contender Gilbert Burns recognizes the potential Ian Machado Garry has; Burns believes Machado Garry will accomplish his goal of becoming the UFC welterweight champion of the world. Burns thinks it will take him a few years, but with the pace Machado Garry is currently on, it seems like he could get a title shot in less 2 years.

Machado Garry could return in December against a contender from the top 5; the welterweight division is one of the most competitive divisions in the UFC. But it seems like Machado Garry has what it takes to surpass all boundaries and fulfil his dream.

Gilbert Burns on Ian Machado Garry

Recently, on MMA Fighting’s Trocação Franca podcast, Gilbert Burns spoke about the future of the welterweight division and discussed about the emerging contenders.

“I think so — in a few years, yes,” Burns said as, quoted by “He’s a great kid, 25 years old. This kid is a *******. Before the fight, he said he would do all that — he pretty much called the entire fight beforehand, and pulled it off.

I think Shavkat [Rakhmonov] is really good, too, there’s also Jack Della Maddalena, a tough kid who’s coming up. There’s this Venezuelan kid, Michael Morales, an undefeated kid. Gabriel Bonfim too, a nasty kid.

There’s new blood coming. [Stephen Thompson] ‘Wonderboy’ needs to pay attention, older fighters need to pay attention. Burns further said: Neil Magny just lost badly. They need to reinvent themselves otherwise it won’t be good for them, brother.

I train with all of those guys. I just trained with Kamaru [Usman], and did some positions with Ian Garry. When Shavkat and all of these guys come here, I train with all of them. I can fight at the highest level. When I start getting smashed and no longer enjoying training, when I’m too tired for this, then it’s time”.

Gilbert Burns