Kamaru Usman Set to Take on Former Teammate Gilbert Burns at UFC 258

Published 01/05/2021, 6:50 AM EST


Kamaru Usman is set to defend his title for the third time, against former teammate Gilbert Burns this time around. The fans, as well as the UFC, will be hoping that the third time is the charm, and the fight goes through without any hiccups.

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The Nigerian Nightmare’ and ‘Durinho’ were former teammates under Henri Hooft. However, Usman has been currently training with the likes of Justin Gaethje and Trevor Wittman. 

Usman is currently 13-0 in the UFC and has looked impeccable since his debut. He faced a lot of criticism for his last title defense against Jorge Masvidal for being ‘boring’. UFC 251 sold the second-most pay-per-view buys in 2020 after UFC 246, which only added to the backlash for the champion.

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Read: ‘I almost cried watching Masvidal’- Gilbert Burns details emotional experience after falling out of UFC 251

Kamaru Usman vs Gilbert Burns; Third time is the charm?

Recent reports suggest that a fight between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns has been verbally agreed to and contracts will be signed shortly. The two men will face each other at UFC 258 on February 13th at a location yet to be determined.

This is the third time that the UFC has tried to book this fight. ‘Durinho’ was set to take on Usman at UFC 251 after the UFC failed to reach an agreement with Masvidal for a fight. 

Unfortunately, Burns tested positive for COVID-19, which forced the UFC to find an opponent on short notice, and Masvidal stepped in. 

Reports then suggested that the fight was targeted for UFC 256 on December 12th but it never came to fruition as the champion needed more time off. 

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Burns has looked incredibly sharp in his last few fights. He is on a six-fight win streak and most recently secured a lopsided unanimous decision win over former champion Tyron Woodley. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’, on the other hand, also secured a title win after a lopsided win over former champion Tyron Woodley before stopping arch-rival Colby Covington. 

The fight between Burns and Usman will be extremely interesting. One between two of the best at 170-pounds who know each other well. Fans will watch with keen interest to see how their past experience of having trained with each other plays out in the fight. 

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What do you make of a fight between Burns and Usman? Who do you think takes home the win? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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