LAS VEGAS, 14 February 2021 – Nigerian-born, Kamaru Usman, beat top contender Gilbert Burns, at UFC258 to retain his belt and position at the top of the 170 pound division.
The opening round of the fight saw Usman’s Brazilian challenger and former training partner, Burns, come out of his corner with blows blazing.
Usman, 33, turned the tables on Burns, 34, winning in a third-round technical knockout (TKO) finish at the UFC Apex held in Las Vegas.
It was Usman’s third straight successful defense of his AFC title, ending Burns’ six-fight winning streak.
The Nigerian has now won all 13 of his UFC fights, staying the undisputed welterweight champion and surpassing Georges St-Pierre for the longest winning streak in the welterweight division.
Usman and Burns used to be team-mates at Florida Gym Sanford MMA before Usman left to join Elevation Fight Team in Colorado.
The BBC reported Sunday that after the result was announced the pair shared an embrace in the middle of the octagon, with Burns in tears and Usman appearing to fight off emotions of his own.