UFC star Gilbert Burns calls out rival Nate Diaz for £300k grappling match to 'see who real gangster is'

GILBERT BURNS called out Nate Diaz for a £300,000 grappling match to 'see who the real gangster is'.

The Brazilian was in line to challenge for the welterweight title against Kamaru Usman next month, until the champion withdrew.

Diaz is also without a fight, having seen rematch talks with Jorge Masvidal collapse as Colby Covington is instead set to face his rival.

As a result, Burns, 34, challenged Diaz, 35, to a grappling bout in former UFC star Chael Sonnen's Submission Underground promotion.

He tweeted: "So as my title fight is not scheduled yet, Let’s grapple!

"Let’s see who is the real gangster @NateDiaz209 so I put $200,000 you put $200,000 winner takes all at @ChaelSonnen @UFCFightPass what you say?"

Contracted UFC fighters are permitted to fighting outside the promotion in other striking combat sports.

Conor McGregor needed an exemption in 2017 to face boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, which UFC president Dana White helped promote.

But they are free to compete in grappling and jiu jitsu.

Former middleweight title contender Sonnen launched SUG in 2016 and it now streams on UFC's Fight Pass.

Light-heavyweight legend Jon Jones beat Dan Henderson in their second ever show in 2016.

Burns is a 2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rafael 'Fofitio' Barro.

And Diaz has the same honour under Cesar Gracie, having won 11 times by submission in his career.

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