Gilbert Durinho sets date for return to the octagon and asks for rematch against former champion

Pressured by two consecutive defeats, Durinho aims to return in August and asks for another chance against Kamaru Usman

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Gilbert Durinho weighing in at the UFC. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram @gilbert_burns

Main Brazilian welterweight standout (up to 77,1 kg), Gilbert Durinho He is going through a bad phase in the UFC, but he already knows when and even against whom he intends to turn things around in the Octagon.

In a recent interview with YouTuber 'The Schmo', Durinho, who is coming off consecutive defeats against Belal Muhammad | and most recently Jack Della Maddalena, expressed his desire to return to the Octagon in August.

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“I’m looking at a return in August. It would be a good date for me. I won't choose anyone. I'm in a position where I've lost two in a row, so I'm relaxed, evolving and whatever name they put on the contract I'll sign”, guaranteed the Brazilian.

Although he makes himself available to the UFC to face any opponent the organization prefers, Gilbert Durinho has his preference for the next step: a rematch against his training partner and friend Kamaru Usman, former category champion.

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“I would love (a rematch against Kamaru Usman). All rematches are welcome and this would be a good one. There aren't many guys available in the top 5. Shavkat (Rakhmonov) will fight Jack (Della Maddalena), Leon edwards will fight with Belal Muhammad |, and the other guy is Kamaru. I don’t know if he would accept it, but I would love this fight”, said the Brazilian.

Gilbert Durinho e Kamaru Usman faced each other in UFC 258, in February 2021, when the Nigerian was defending the welterweight belt. On that occasion, the Brazilian ended up being knocked out at the beginning of the third round.

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Three years later, Durinho guarantees that a rematch would be even bigger than the first fight and also promises a new and more focused version inside the octagon compared to the first duel.

“I see a fight against Kamaru now much bigger than the first because of the rematch and the story behind it. I would look at it differently. I was very emotional in my first title fight”, he concluded.

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