Gilbert Burns has his eyes set on Anthony Pettis for his next fight.
Burns, who is on a four-fight winning streak, has taken back-to-back short notice fights at welterweight. There, he handed Alexey Kunchenko his first loss as a pro and followed that up with a decision win over Gunnar Nelson to enter the top-15 of the division.
Given he has fought at both welterweight and lightweight, the Brazilian has called for a fight with Anthony Pettis, who has also competed in both weight classes.
“Let’s make this fight happen. BURNS X PETTIS @showtimepettis @ufc @seanshelby @danawhite @aliabdelaziz,” Burns tweeted.
Burns has been calling for a ranked opponent since his win over Nelson, where he originally told BJPENN he wanted Neil Magny.
“I hope so. I don’t how things are going with USADA, I hope he can be cleared, I think he is. That fight makes sense, I hope it happens,” Burns explained. “He hasn’t fought for a while and I’m doing good at 170, my record in the UFC is 3-0 at welterweight. Fans are liking me so hell yeah I want that fight.”
Yet, he has shifted his focus to Pettis who is 10th in the welterweight division and 11th at lightweight. So, Gilbert Burns believes it is a good fight for him and a very intriguing matchup. Pettis is a striker and will look to keep the fight on the feet, while Burns has shown he has solid striking is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, so he should have the advantage on the ground.
It also makes sense ranking wise as Pettis is 1-1 at welterweight and coming off the loss to Nate Diaz. So, there is a chance he will have to fight down in the rankings where Burns is ranked 14th and on the rise at 170 pounds.
Gilbert Burns vs. Anthony Pettis is a fight that could headline a Fight Night card or be on the main card of a pay-per-view. However, “Showtime” has yet to respond to the callout so it is unknown if he is interested in the fight.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/11/2019.