Gilbert Burns lashed out at Ariel Helwani after the ESPN reporter suggested that Leon Edwards should face the Brazilian for a shot at Kamaru Usman

ESPN reporter Ariel Helwani felt the wrath of Gilbert Burns and his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, recently.

Helwani was on his MMA show with Daniel Cormier and claimed that Leon Edwards deserved a shot against Gilbert Burns to face Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman.

Leon Edwards was set to face Tyron Woodley at UFC Fight Night London
Leon Edwards spoke about the cancelled UFC London event to Ariel Helwani (YouTube)

While Cormier didn’t back this stance and claimed that Burns had earned his shot. Helwani kept on suggesting that Edwards got the short end of the stick since he was on an eight-fight winning streak.

Edwards was also to face Tyron Woodley, who was destroyed by Burns recently. However, travel restrictions meant Edwards remained in the UK.

There were more complications regarding Burns as he was supposed to face Usman for the title at UFC 251.

Kamaru Usman defeated Jorge Mavidal at UFC 251
Kamaru Usman of Nigeria celebrates after his victory over Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

However, that was taken away from him after the Brazilian tested positive for Covid-19. Cormier also suggested that it was unfair to strip Burns of his title shot and that he should face Usman next.

Helwani, though, stuck to his guns, and Burns ripped into the ESPN presenter:

Burns also shared his plans for Edwards and claimed he should fight Masvidal next:

The Brazilian went on to say that Helwani was a clown, and was happy he wasn’t making the matches.

Abdelaziz steps into the Octagon

Burns continued his tirade on social media and even posted which fights should take place in the Welterweight division.

Burn’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, also weighed in on the debate and ripped into Helwani too. The MMA journalist, during his show, might have taken a dig at the Egyptian too.

Helwani claimed that some fighters are getting the push because their manager’s control Twitter.

Abdelaziz tweeted that ESPN and TSN will not be allowed to interview his stars. That would be a huge blow to the two channels as Usman, Burns, Justin Gaethje and Khabib Nurmagomedov are all his clients.

It would also be interesting to see if Abdelaziz can keep his end of the deal given that ESPN is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, media partner of the UFC.

Dana White has already confirmed that Usman will fight Burns next after the champion defeated Masvidal at UFC 251.

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