Gilbert Burns issues apology to Jorge Masvidal following cheating accusations [VIDEO]

UFC 287: Burns v Masvidal
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Gilbert Burns takes back greasing accusations he made about Jorge Masvidal at the UFC 287 post-fight press conference

Gilbert Burns has taken to social media to apologize for comments he made about Jorge Masvidal regarding their fight at UFC 287 this past weekend.

Though Burns won the fight on a unanimous decision to send Masvidal into retirement, Burns raised some eyebrows at the event's post-fight press conference. There, he said Masvidal was difficult to grapple with and try to submit, claiming that "Gamebred" had used a trick where he put lotion on his body to make himself more slippery.

Such an act would be illegal under the Unified Rules of MMA.

"I just would like to take a moment to apologize to Jorge "Gamebred" Masvidal and his team [for] the things that I said after the fight on the press conference [at] UFC 287," Burns said in the social media video. "I said that he [used] lotion...I said it too much, and I cannot prove that. I would like to send my apologies to Jorge and his team. Everything that I said, I hope he accepts my apology.

"What I did was wrong. I had no proof that he did that, and I want to take nothing away from him. The guy's a warrior, 52 pro fights, I hope he has a good retirement. I hope you accept my apologies. Thank you, guys."

Gilbert Burns apologizes for remarks after win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 287

The win over Masvidal now gives Burns three wins in the four fights he's had since coming up short in a welterweight title shot against Kamaru Usman at UFC 258.

Burns also opened some eyes at the press conference by stating he wants to either get a title shot, or at the very least be the backup fighter for the assumed Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington title matchup. If he didn't get either of those things, Burns said he wanted to be released from his UFC contract.

Seemed like he didn't need to tell UFC President Dana White twice. White said "done" at his own press conference when told of Burns's desire to be the backup for Edwards vs. Covington.

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