‘How Dare You!’- Kamaru Usman on Gilbert Burns Challenging Him for Title

Published 06/17/2021, 5:56 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 01: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman poses on stage during the UFC 245 press conference at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2019 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The friends and former teammates, Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns are two prominent names in the welterweight roster. However, Usman has the welterweight gold strap and Burns is still hunting for it. Although both the fighters have collided inside the octagon at UFC 258, the fight still appears to garner a lot of attention from combat sports fans, primarily due to ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’s’ reaction after he won.

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Usman, who successfully defended his title against ‘Durinho’ still talks about the match as it was one of the most important fights of his career.

In a chat with Brian Davis of True Geordie podcast Usman said, “To touch on that Gilbert Burns fight that is exactly how I felt. I was burning on the inside the whole training camp leading up to this fight because how dare you say that? How dare you? As not just a competitor as opposition but it’s a competitor that has seen me do this, these guys don’t really, everyone trains, but these guys don’t understand what I put myself through.”

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Usman added, “I go through hell sometimes I am more beat up before I even get in there and I actually take damage in the fights. I would say most cases. I put myself through everything before I get into that cage and so in that fight, he should know that because he trained with me for a long time. He knew how hard I trained for these fights. So for him to say that, I just felt like how dare you. So when I put it, when I went out there, I wanted to really show him that I’m levels above. That was just the whole feeling towards it.”

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Kamaru Usman vs Gilbert Burns: Will it happen again

The current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is on an amazing win streak. However, when you have the gold strap, there are many fighters who are looking to snatch it from you. One such fighter is Colby Covington who is scheduled next to get the title shot soon per the UFC President Dana White.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 13: (R-L) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria punches Gilbert Burns of Brazil 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)

Meanwhile, Gilbert Burns will face Stephen Thompson at UFC 264. On the Poirier vs McGregor undercard, he will look to cement his position in the contender race. Now, only if both the former teammates emerge victorious in their respective fights, we may see some possibilities of their collision inside the octagon again.

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Until then the combat fans will have to wait for round 2 of this amazing fight to happen. If this bout takes place it will surely garner a lot of attention considering their history.

What do you make of Kamaru Usman’s words? Who do you think will win if the fight takes place again? Let us know in the comment section below.

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