‘It Wasn’t a Good Fight’- Dana White Upset With Gilbert Burns’ Win in the Co-Main Event of UFC 264

Published 07/11/2021, 3:28 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 07: Gilbert Burns of Brasil reacts to his loss against Dan Hooker of New Zealand during their lightweight fight during the UFC 226 event inside T-Mobile Arena on July 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

UFC welterweight elites Gilbert Burns and Stephen Thompson collided in the co-main event of UFC 264. The match had everything to become an instant classic, considering the stature of the fighters fighting in it. But in the end, it turned out to be a rather slow-paced fight.


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BRASILIA, BRAZIL – MARCH 14: Gilbert Burns of Brazil celebrates after his TKO victory over Demian Maia of Brazil in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event on March 14, 2020 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC)

Thompson was the favorite going into this fight considering his striking and karate game, but ‘Durinho’ dragged him into the canvas and that’s where the game remained through the course.


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Though it was not Burns’ fault, he did what he had to do to win, but they left the crowd and especially President Dana White unimpressed in the end.

In the post-fight press conference, the UFC supremo made his appearance. He answered many questions related to the fight. When one reporter asked him about his thoughts on the co-main event, White visibly felt disappointed.

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“Yeah, he won. What else I should say about the fight?” White said. “It wasn’t a good fight. But he won.”

Gilbert Burns vs Stephen Thompson- in brief

Coming back to the matchup, ‘Durinho’ applied an excellent game plan to considering the threat possessed by the ‘Wonderboy’. As the round started, Burns clearly looked for a takedown.

This scuffle ended in a battle of clinch near the cage. Although Thompson had good takedown defense, Burns finally caught him. He maintained that position. Meanwhile, Thompson got up but was pushed down by Burns with punches.

In the second round, ‘Wonderboy’ looked positive and thwarted Burns’s approach by using kicks. He connected with a spinning kick to push Burns back. Before the round ended, Burns had a successful takedown and subsequently, he landed few shots.

Both continued their tussle in round 3. With just 5 minutes remaining, Thompson attacked Burns with a right hand, followed by another heel kick to bring him to canvas momentarily.

Seeing no other alternative, Burns brought Thompson again to the canvas and remained there for the rest of the time to pick up a unanimous decision win.


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With this win, ‘Durinho’ has again brought himself in contention for a title fight. He has now picked up 7 wins in the last 8 matches. Meanwhile, Thompson has to go back to the drawing board and figure out a way to make a comeback after this loss.

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