Gilbert Burns



Epic display of toughness in loss
April 9, 2022
Burns lost to Khamzat Chimaev via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 273 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
It was one of the best, most grueling fights in recent memory. Burns may receive a loss on his record, but this was a performance that will send his stock soaring. There were countless moments in this fight when it appeared as if Khamzat would pull away and close the show, but Gilbert simply wouldn't allow it to happen. He survived every flurry Chimaev threw his way in the early going and was somehow the far more effective fighter in Round 2. The momentum swung back to Khamzat in Round 3, but that didn't stop Gilbert from landing his fair share of offense. The decision was the correct one, but that doesn't take anything away from the performance of Burns. Gilbert is certain to receive a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus for his efforts (later confirmed by UFC President Dana White), and once he is done recovering, he needs to figure out a way to emerge victorious his next time out, as he has now dropped two of his last three fights.
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Matched with Khamzat Chimaev
February 28, 2022
Burns is expected to take on Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 273 in Jacksonville on April 9, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
Burns suffered a TKO loss to Kamaru Usman in his title shot last February, but he rebounded with a unanimous decision victory against Stephen Thompson in July. While Chimaev has yet to face anyone who ranks nearly as high as Burns does in the welterweight rankings, he shapes up as quite a tough opponent, as he's demolished the competition through four UFC fights, winning three in the first round and one in the early second.
Leans on takedown to score big win
July 10, 2021
Burns defeated Stephen Thompson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 264 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
The fans in attendance weren't happy, but Burns did what he had to in order to win. And what he had to do, was limit Thompson's opportunities on the feet and land three well-timed takedowns. Gilbert connected on one in each frame and those three successful tries led to 7:13 worth of control time. Engaging Wonderboy in a kickboxing match is foolish and a recipe for disaster and Burns knew it. People forget that Gilbert had UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman in all sorts of trouble in their recent title fight before eventually being knocked out. We didn't see that same type of explosiveness from Burns in this fight, but Thompson is an entirely different type of opponent. Burns maintains his ranking at 170 pounds and puts himself in position for another title-implicating bout his next time out.
Fight booked against Thompson
April 2, 2021
Burns will take on Stephen Thompson in a welterweight matchup at UFC 264 on July 10, reports.
This will be Burns' first trip to the Octagon since losing to Kamaru Usman back in February at the UFC Welterweight Championship. On the other side, Thompson will be entering the fight having previously served a 180-day medical suspension due to various injuries. While Burns likely has the grappling edge, Thompson owns a 78 percent takedown defense, in addition to being one of the most technical strikers in the division. With the fight two months out, early oddsmakers peg Burns as a slight underdog of approximately (+125).
Comes up short in title quest
February 13, 2021
Burns came up short in his quest for the UFC Welterweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Kamaru Usman via TKO (punches) at 0:34 of Round 3.
Burns had his moments, mostly notably a massive right hand that cracked Usman upside the ear just moments after the opening bell rang. Usman is now one of the most decorated welterweights in UFC history for a reason, however, and the champion hung on in the early going before completely turning the tables in Round 2. A notoriously durable fighter, Burns eventually had zero answers for the power of Usman. He was wobbled on multiple occasions in the second frame before being finished off early in Round 3. Quite honestly, it says far more about the ridiculous power of Usman than it does any concerns regarding Burns' chin. Burns was extremely emotional after the fight as he and Usman appeared to bury the hatchet regarding their brief feud. The loss snaps a six-fight win streak for Burns dating back to July 2018. Burns is more than talented enough to work his way back into the title picture, but it's going to be a long climb. The Brazilian turns 35 years of age this coming July and history says his best days are already behind him.
Agrees to February title shot
January 5, 2021
Burns has agreed to take on Kamaru Usman for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 258 on Feb. 13, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Burns lost his chance to fight Usman this past summer when he came down with COVID-19 and ultimately withdrew, opening the door for Usman to face Jorge Masvidal in his stead. While Usman took care of business handily, he came away with a medical suspension. Factor that in with Burns' recovery and you have a lengthy time on the sidelines for both fighters. This was after a period of heavy activity for Burns, who racked up five victories from April 2019 to May 2020. Burns is riding a six-fight winning streak and will be getting this opportunity on the heels of back-to-back Performance of the Night bonuses. His striking volume and accuracy is well behind that of Usman's, at least statistically, but Burns should still be able to compete on the mat. Oddsmakers peg the Brazilian as a (+195) betting underdog as of early-January.