‘Got Over Excited and Made Mistakes’- Gilbert Burns Sets Course for the Future Following Loss to Kamaru Usman

Published 02/15/2021, 1:08 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 13: (L-R) Gilbert Burns of Brazil punches Kamaru Usman of Nigeria in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 258 event at UFC APEX on February 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC welterweight challenger, Gilbert Burns, suffered his first loss in the division after he fell to Kamaru Usman at UFC 258. Burns was finished in the third round of the contest after being stunned towards the end of round 2. Kamaru Usman retained his title by displaying an unmatched sense of grit and an elevated level of striking prowess.

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Gilbert Burns was effective with his striking early on and went on the stun his former teammate and champion. However, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ came back strong and thrust forth a lethal jab to scalp heavy damage on Burns. The tide had comprehensively shifted towards Usman and he ended up finishing the job on the ground after dropping Burns with a switch jab.

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Gilbert Burns speaks out on his UFC 258 loss

The Brazilian title challenger took to social media and spoke out at length about his defeat to Usman at the Apex Facility. The loss was a hard pill to swallow, especially since he had early success against the undisputed champion. Not to mention, he’s reiterated that it was his overzealousness that cost him the fight as compared to Usman’s skill set.

Burns doubled down on his sentiments towards the loss in a comprehensive video that explained his views. ‘Durinho’ has always been reflective of his performances, and his candid nature has endeared him to fans.

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Gilbert Burns is still a major player in the division, and he’s arguably given Kamaru Usman his hardest test. The main difference-maker in his skill set comes in because he’s dangerous on the feet and the mat. Additionally, he’s made a huge shift in his mindset ever since suffering a devastating KO to Dan Hooker at lightweight.

The welterweight division is stacked with a murderous row of contenders, and Burns is a part of the conversation. However, there are certain corrections he will need to make in his defensive approach when he fights top welterweights going forward. Usman is keen to remain active and continue to chase down Georges St-Pierre’s record and he’ll want to accrue title defenses.

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Can ‘Durinho’ return to the title picture in style?

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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