Gilbert Burns and Kamaru Usman will face each other soon in a blockbuster title fight, possibly at UFC 256. Apart from the welterweight title on the line, the fight brings a lot more to look at.
Burns and Usman have been teammates in the past, and so know each other pretty well. However, they have been training separately for a while now. But to intensify the tale, the duo recently met each other at the Standford MMA gym.
As per the Brazilian, Usman had tried to intimidate him mentally. However, ‘Durinho’ claims he was unaffected by those efforts as he prepares for the upcoming title fight.
Gilbert Burns vs Kamaru Usman- A treat to witness for the fans
In a recent interaction with Combate.com. Burns revealed that it was a composed interaction with his former teammate Kamaru Usman in the gym.
“ I think he wanted to scare me and intimidate me. But I already had a feeling he was going to show up. I went there in a good way and talked to him,” said Burns.
The duo could have faced each other earlier, at UFC 251. However, Burns tested positive for COVID-19 and the fight was called off. Following that, Jorge Masvidal had jumped in the contest in what turned out to be a failed title attempt.
Now, Burns has recovered, and the welterweight matchup is finally on the cards again. Taking about their recent meeting, Burns added, “He (Kamaru Usman) said, “What about the corona?” I said: “I’m done now, I’m ready”. We exchanged a few words. I have a whole warm-up routine, so I started working. There are three, four guys I always train with. He was more in the corner, with the wrestling coach, I think he trained with Vicente (Luque) too.”
(Quotes have been translated using Google Translate)
As per the Brazilian, the whole interaction was normal, considering the two have known each other for a long time. Yet, there won’t be any room for compromise when they face each other.
‘Durinho’ (19-3) is currently riding a 6-fight win streak and is one of the top-rated welterweights in the roster. Meanwhile, world champion ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ (19-1) is undefeated in the promotion. Riding a 12-fight win streak in UFC, Usman will have an upper hand in the odds.
However, MMA math doesn’t always work and the welterweight cash is destined to be full of fireworks.
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