As Gilbert Burns inches closer to title contention, he could soon find himself in a tricky situation.
The No. 6 welterweight will meet former champ Tyron Woodley in the UFC Fight Night main event Saturday in Las Vegas, and a win could put Burns in line for a title shot.
Should that happen, he will have to fight a friend and teammate - current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, with whom Burns trains at Sanford MMA in Florida. But "Durinho" would be more than willing to do so if given the opportunity.
"I'm professional. He's professional," Burns told MMA Junkie's Farah Hannoun and Nolan King. "The numbers, being a No. 1 contender, being a champion - we're talking about opportunities. I have a family. He has a family.
He continued: "It's going to be awkward because I don't know where we're going to train. I don't know if one guy will have to move out to do a camp. But yeah, for sure. We're fighting. It's on me. He's already the champion. I've got to go out there and perform my best against Tyron Woodley to get the shot. But yeah, for sure we're fighting."
Burns said he most recently trained with Usman - who beat Woodley to capture the welterweight title last year - earlier in May.
"We sparred a couple of rounds," Burns said. "I asked a lot of things about Tyron Woodley. We talked and he gave me a lot of great insight. I still have a great relationship with Kamaru."