UFC 287: Gilbert Burns MMA Losses

Published 04/01/2023, 3:22 PM EDT

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When the discussion comes to the remarkable records of MMA fighters, most would probably bring up the famed UFC Welterweight, ‘Gilbert Burns’. The Brazilian currently boasts a decorated record of 21-5 in his entire MMA career. The last outing by Burns also ended with a victory for him. ‘Durinho’ got the better of his UFC 283 opponent, Neil Magny, with an arm-triangle choke in the very first round. However, Burns tasted defeat in his penultimate bout against his noted division mate, Khamzat Chimaev.

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Even after putting up a five-round slugfest against the scary, ‘Borz’, Burns’ efforts ultimately fell short to earn him a victory at UFC 279. Apart from this, there are four other blemishes in the remarkable MMA career of the ’36-year-old’ till date.

Gilbert “Durinho” Burns’s full MMA record


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Like a lot of other Brazilian MMA athletes, Burns also started off his combat sports journey with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. ‘Durinho’ became a reputed name in the world of BJJ after he claimed the silver medal in the 2009 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. However, it was his victory in the 2011 World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships, which earned him the most recognition in the world of BJJ.

However, Burns made his way into MMA in the year 2011. A promoter once ran into his gym, searching for someone to serve as a replacement fighter for an already scheduled bout. ‘Durinho’ agreed to the opportunity on the first go. He also started off his amateur MMA career with that bout.


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Burns finally decided to turn into a professional MMA athlete in the year 2012. He signed into the Crown Fighting Championship promotion and had his first professional MMA fight against Jose Salgado on 28 January 2012. But Burns’ pre-UFC MMA career could be called an unstable one as he fought seven times, each time for a different promotion.

‘Durinho’ had his first UFC bout on 26 July 2014 under the Welterweight division. He took on the 34-year-old Swedish, Andreas Stahl, at UFC on Fox 12 and also achieved a unanimous decision over his opponent. Since then, the Brazilian has taken the octagon 18 times more, 14 of which ended with his hand getting raised.

Gilbert Burns losses

The Sanford MMA team representative has lost only 5 times in the Octagon and strikingly never lost the fight via submission. The first of those 5 losses came against the Russian fighter Rashid Magomedov in Nov 2015, followed by another decision loss against Michel Prazeres in Sept 2016.

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The UFC veteran Dan Hooker handled Burns his third UFC defeat and notably his first via TKO at UFC 226 in July 2018. Afterward, the 20-5 record holder went on a 6-0 record, and his juggernaut halted in Las Vegas at UFC 258 by another TKO loss against Usman.

While the noted MMA fighter bounced back from this loss, he again suffered a decision loss against the UFC star on the rise, Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 273.

How Did Kamaru Usman Beat Gilbert Burns?

It may be said that Usman made full use of his 5-inch reach advantage to earn a victory over Burns. However, he was a bit late to figure that out. The two famed Welterweights locked horns at the main event of UFC 258. Burns started off the bout quite promisingly. He landed some superb hand strikes and also a brutal knee which also sent the then Welterweight king, Usman, to the canvas.

But, he failed to capitalize on the opportunity and Usman survived till the end of the round. However, things took a wild turn from the second round. Usman completely overturned the game and started using a lot of jabs. His longer reach also started showing its advantage as was landing most jabs without absorbing one in return.

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Usman continued a similar style of assault even in the third round. His jabs showcased their effect on Burns who slowed down . In the opening seconds of the third round, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ landed another stiff left jab which dropped Burns to the canvas. He tried to offer some resistance but Usman eventually showcased some brutal ground and pound to finish him off at the 0:34 mark of the third round.

Win streak of Gilbert Burns

The BJJ ace had a splendid run that stretched from UFC 231 in Dec 2018 and continued till his fateful title opportunity against ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ at UFC 258 in Feb 2021. Notably, the 36-year-old won 6 fights on the trot, and this run propelled him to the status of title challenger.

However, his run ended with a TKO loss, and, therefore, failed to claim the title that was in his grasp. The Rio-born fighter earned memorable victories that included a decision win against Gunnar Nelson. He also earned a brutal TKO win against Demian Maia. Later on, he had another dominant display against Tyron Woodley, therefore securing the win via decision.

Burns additionally was awarded the ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus for the powerful outings against Mai and Woodley.

Gilbert Burns’ grappling record

As a noted submission grappler, who had to struggle in his childhood, Burns dictated the world stage. He had to go through both financial and health issues as a kid. In addition to bursting on the grappling stage in 2007 with a silver in the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, he followed with another silver in 2009.

Burns finally converted silver into gold at the 2011 world championship. Furthermore, the former UFC title contender won gold in the 2010 and 2013 World No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championship in California.

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The last of his submission honors came in 2015 when Burns won bronze at ADCC.

All about Gilbert Burns’ next fight at UFC 287

‘Durinho’ is all set to take on the ‘BMF’ of the UFC, Jorge Masvidal, at the co-main event of UFC 287. The event is scheduled to be hosted in the Miami-Dade arena in Miami on 8 April 2023. Burns’ opponent Masvidal would evidently be desperate for a win. He would be taking the octagon on a two-fight losing streak.


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On the other hand, a lot of fans might agree that Burns’ will be a lot more confident. ‘Durinho’ would be taking the octagon after a first-round submission win against ‘Neil Magny’ at the UFC 283. There were also some accusations placed on Masvidal by Burns prior to this bout. Burns’ had also gone on record to state that Masvidal had been ducking a bout with him.

Well, a lot of fans might have been delighted by the news of this fight finally happening. Also, looking at the style of both fighters, the fans may expect an absolutely enthralling UFC 287 co-main event. How restless are you for the UFC 287 co-main event?



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Written by:

Souvik Roy


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Souvik Roy is currently a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. An avid UFC follower, Souvik combined his love for the sport and his passion for words to turn his interest into his Livelihood. A Diploma holder in Electrical Engineering, Souvik has worked as a Freelance Link Builder and Content Writer previously and wrote for various clients and businesses.
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