Gilbert Burns Certain He Will Fight Kamaru Usman Again

Published 04/04/2021, 2:25 PM EDT


When Gilbert Burns fought former teammate Kamaru Usman at UFC 258 challenging for the welterweight belt, he couldn’t realize his dreams of becoming a UFC champion. However, he still keeps a good relationship with ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ and hopes to battle it out with him once again.

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Burns started off very well in his fight against Usman at UFC 258. But the champion’s jab proved to be a deciding factor in the contest as he eventually knocked out ‘Durinho’ despite early adversity.

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Speaking to Helen Yee, Burns said, “I got a lot of respect for any, to be honest, or any fighter that goes through all the fighters to make your weight training complete.

“And he was he is supporting one of our guy he’s here when Sean Soriano show had a fight in the Abu Dhabi and they’re very close so he came here to watch Sean sparring. Then,we just exchanged couple of words.

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)

The former lightweight fighter also added that he met Usman at UFC 260 as both were doing cornering responsibilities. “I saw him last week too, I was cornering Vicente Luque, he was cornering Francis Ngannou.

“We bump each other a couple times, nothing different you know. I too respect him a lot but I just have a feeling that we’re gonna see him again,” he added.

Can Gilbert Burns manage a title shot with a win at UFC 264?

Byrns will fight former two-time title challenger Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson at UFC 264. The striking wizard is seeking a title shot himself, and so is Burns.

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Stakes will be high when both men collide; a win will catapult either of them to another shot at the gold.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 04: Stephen Thompson waits for the decision after his title fight against welterweight champion Tyron Woodley during UFC 209 on March 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Woodley retained his title with a majority-decision win. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

However, both know they have their hands full. ‘Wonderboy‘ has a very complete fighter, just as his opponent is. And for Burns, it won’t be a walk in the park to solve the puzzle that Thompson is.

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Can ‘Durinho‘ fight for the title again soon? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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