UFC is planning Gilbert Burns to get a title shot on December 12th, facing Kamaru Usman at UFC 256. The bout, along with the plan to schedule a rematch between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz on the same show, was reported by TMZ.
While the report from TMZ claims the matchup between welterweights Usman and Burns has been contractually agreed upon, Burns disputed the report.
“Nothing signed! Hope I signed it soon! Dec 12 it’s a great date,” said Burns via Twitter on Tuesday.
The pairing of Burns and Usman was previously set for UFC 251 in July, although it was cancelled after Burns tested positive for COVID-19. Usman still defended his belt that weekend, picking up a decision victory over Jorge Masvidal.
The win was the second time Usman retained his belt, with the previous victory coming against Colby Covington last December. He won the UFC Welterweight Championship in 2019, defeating Tyron Woodley, who held the belt since 2016.
Rematch Between Diaz and Masvidal Planned
The matchup between Masvidal and Diaz would see the welterweights run back their bout from November of 2019. The first meeting saw Masvidal win after three rounds as a cut on the head of Diaz ruled him unable to compete by a doctor.
Masvidal put together a three-fight winning streak at the time which also included stoppage victories over Darren Till and Ben Askren.
Diaz has not fought since his November bout. His previous matchup came in August, defeating Anthony Pettis after being absent from competition since 2016.
If the bouts become finalized, the welterweight matchups will join a pay-per-view card that also has a bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Megan Anderson.