Gilbert Burns is one of the best submission specialists in the UFC. Currently ranked #2, Burns will fight the #4 ranked welterweight, Stephen Thompson, at UFC 264. Ahead of this welterweight bout, here are 5 fascinating facts you need to know about Gilbert Burns.
Burns was only four years old when he began training in karate. Then seven years later, his father offered to fix his customer's car in trade for three months of jiu-jitsu lessons for all of his boys.
'Durinho' is a 2nd-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rafael "Fofitio" Barros.
As a grappler, Burns is a three-time World Champion and World Cup gold medalist. He is the 2013 and 2010 IBJJF No-gi World Champion, 2011 IBJJF Gi World Champion, and 2010 ADWPJJC World Cup Champion.
'Durinho's' younger brother, Herbert Burns, currently competes in the featherweight division in the UFC.
Burns used to fight in the lightweight division in his early UFC career from 2014 to 2019.