Is Gilbert Burns the Next Victim of UFC Embedded Curse? Fans Predicts Stephen Thompson to Win at UFC 264

Published 07/07/2021, 1:58 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 30: Gilbert Burns of Brazil reacts after his victory over Tyron Woodley in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Gilbert Burns would love to get his name back on the winner’s column after his recent defeat to Kamaru Usman. Now Burns is all set to take on his next challenge against ‘Wonder Boy’ Stephen Thompson. This is the co-main event showdown at UFC 264 between two top-five welterweights. It is expected to be closed quarter combat but after ‘Durinho’s’ hair cut fans are having second thoughts about the Brazilian.

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History has it that whenever a fighter gets a haircut on a UFC embedded episode he or she end up losing the fight. A haircut or even going to the barbershop in UFC embedded is considered as a jinx in the MMA community.

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Unluckily for Gilbert Burns, he could end up as the next victim of the curse. In the second episode of UFC embedded ‘Durinho’ can be seen getting a haircut. It happed in between when Burns was getting ready to leave his residence in Florida for his fight in Las Vegas. For now, it’s unclear whether the Brazilian did it intentionally, or he was unaware of the curse.

Famous Fighters who were cursed before Gilbert Burns

Max Holloway fell for the curse when he visited the barbershop in the fifth UFC embedded episode. It happened before his featherweight title bout against Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 245. The curse broke Holloway’s 14 fight win streak in the featherweight division.

Anthony Pettis’s title run came to an end when he had a haircut before his bout at UFC 185. This was his second lightweight title defense that he lost to Rafael dos Anjos by a unanimous decision.

Johnny Walker was a rising light heavyweight back when he was about to fight his fourth UFC bout at UFC 244. He was a 2 to 1 betting favorite, but the curse showed its effect when he got knocked out in the first round.

Fighters who remained unaffected by the curse

Dustin Poirier got a haircut in the third episode of embedded for UFC 236. Fans who believed the superstition speculated Poirier’s defeat as he was about to face Max Holloway, who was riding a thirteen-fight win streak. Despite all the odds, ‘The Diamond’ emerged victorious after five hard-fought rounds.

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Kamaru Usman is another big name who survived the curse. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ got a haircut in the embedded UFC 245 episode number one. Usman denied the superstitions as he won the title bout via a knockout against Colby Covington which marked his first title defense.

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‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor proved why people living in the twenty-first century should not believe in superstitions. He got a haircut in the sixth episode of UFC 178 before his featherweight clash against Dustin Poirier. McGregor won the fight by a knockout in the very first round.

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Will Gilbert Burns prove there is no such thing as a curse?

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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