Gilbert Burns confirmed that he’s finally recovered after his injury in May. According to the UFC welterweight contender, he’s now back in training and hopes to have a fight in UFC 299 or UFC 300. As for his next opponent, the Brazilian named Colby Covington as his choice, although he admitted that it is “not even a possibility.”

To recall, the fighter endured a massive injury during his fight against Belal Muhammad at UFC 88 in May. Burns had a left arm injury, but he noted that he made a recovery without needing surgery. “Durinho” shared the details of his injury, revealing he’s now back in training.

“I’m 100 percent and back to training,” Burns told MMA Junkie in an interview. “I’m in no pain and injury free. I didn’t get surgery. I almost did. My ligament was barely hanging on my shoulder. My deltoid and my AC joint was very compromised, so I had to rest a lot. I couldn’t do anything for like three months, and then I started my (physical therapy), and then I put a couple of stem cells, and now I’m back to training.”

Now recovered, the 37-year-old Brazilian fighter said his team made contact with UFC Chief Business Officer Hunter Campbell for his next fight date. However, Burns said there are currently no names available for him, but he was told to “wait until UFC 296.” For the welterweight contender, nonetheless, the ideal date would be the one set for UFC 299 or UFC 300.

Ultimately, Burns shared that he would like to face No. 3-ranked welterweight fighter Colby Covington. However, the fighter knows this wouldn’t be granted immediately, given that Covington is set to challenge champ Leon Edwards for his belt at UFC 296 on December 16. With this, Burns acknowledged that there is really no other choice but to “wait for all that going on.”

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