Gilbert Burns and Neil Magny are in negotiations for UFC 283


A welterweight matchup between standouts Gilbert Burns and Neil Magny is expected UFC 283 on Jan. 21.

Following an initial report by ., multiple people who are familiar with the plans for the promotion confirmed that the fight would be MMA Fighting. UFC 283 is expected to take place at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Although the official fight order is not known, Burns vs. Magny will likely be on the main pay-per view card.

Burns, a one-time title challenger, hoped to get a fight with two-time challenger Jorge Masvidal, whom he claimed turned down multiple offers to fight him. Masvidal responded with an expletive-filled response welcoming the fight on his timeline.

Burns is seven months removed from a “Fight of the Year” candidate against Khamzat Chimaev. He was able to hurt the fast-rising contender but ultimately fell short when the Chechen fighter rallied in deep waters. That left Burns at 1-1 since a failed bid for the welterweight belt against now-former champ Kamaru Usman at UFC 273.

After a convincing win over Daniel Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 64,, Magny called out Burns. This was after his submission loss to Shavkat Rahmonov. With his win over Rodriguez, Magny became the all-time leader in welterweight UFC wins.

UFC 283 will feature a flyweight quadrilogy versus champ Deiveson Figueroedo and former-champ Brandon Moreno.