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DONE DEAL: Gilbert Burns takes on top ranked opponent at UFC 288!



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Belal Muhammad will face Gilbert Burns at UFC 288. Photo: Chris Unger / Zuffa LLC via USA TODAY Sports

UFC just added a massive welterweight title contender fight between Gilbert Burns and Belal Muhammad to May’s UFC 288. The fight will serve as the co-main event and will be a five-round contest.

UFC president Dana White announced the matchup Thursday on Instagram.

N0 5. ranked Burns will make his third (!) octagon appearance of 2023, as he defeated Neil Magny at UFC 283 in January and Jorge Masvidal at UFC 287 a few weeks back.

No 4. ranked Muhammad rides a four-fight winning streak that includes top opponents Sean Brady, Vicente Luque, Stephen Thompson, and Demian Maia.

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The latest UFC 288 lineup

UFC 288 takes place on May 6 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The card is headlined by a bantamweight title bout between champion Aljamain Sterling and challenger Henry Cejudo.

  • Bantamweight title bout: Aljamain Sterling (c) vs. Henry Cejudo
  • Welterweight bout: Gilbert Burns vs. Belal Muhammad
  • Women’s strawweight bout: Jessica Andrade vs. Yan Xiaonan
  • Featherweight bout: Movsar Evloev vs. Bryce Mitchell
  • Featherweight bout: Kron Gracie vs. Charles Jourdain
  • Lightweight bout: Drew Dober vs. Matt Frevola
  • Light heavyweight bout: Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Devin Clark
  • Welterweight bout: Khaos Williams vs. Rolando Bedoya
  • Women’s strawweight bout: Marina Rodriguez vs. Virna Jandiroba
  • Middleweight bout: Phil Hawes vs. Ikram Aliskerov
  • Flyweight bout: Rafael Estevam vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
  • Middleweight bout: Joseph Holmes vs. Claudio Ribiero
  • Bantamweight bout: Daniel Santos vs. Johnny Muñoz Jr.

* Fight order and number of bouts can change.

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