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UFC 258 – Kamaru Usman versus Gilbert Burns

Originally scheduled to fight at UFC 251 in July 2020, then again at UFC 256 before circumstances forced another change of plans, Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns will finally be getting it on at UFC 258 on February 13, 2021.

Given the UFC Welterweight Championship title held by Usman is up for grabs, with Burns determined to get his hands on the belt, this promises to be a thrilling fight. Both have excellent fight records and have defeated a string of powerful rivals, making this a PPV event that will have eager fans flocking to watch on TV.

Looking at the latest Usman vs Burns odds, online bookmakers are tipping the reigning champion as clear 1/3 betting favourite, although this won’t be an easy fight for Usman by any stretch of the imagination. Priced at 9/4 odds for the win, Burns is more than capable of causing what might be considered an upset by some UFC followers.

Kamaru Usman - Record & Last 3 Fights

Hailing originally from Auchi in Nigeria, the enviable record of Usman underlines his phenomenal rise to the top of the current UFC Welterweight Rankings. The resistant wrestling style he is renowned for has produced 17 wins from 18 matches, with just the one loss early in his professional career via submission.

The most recent and second defence of his Welterweight Championship title was at UFC 251, taking on hugely experienced and popular Jorge Masvidal. This was the headline fight of an event hosted in Abu Dhabi, which attracted an impressive 1.3 million PPV audience. An enthralling fight that lasted the full five rounds, Usman beat Masvidal by unanimous decision.

Usman beat Colby Covington, the current number one welterweight challenger, at UFC 245 in December 2019, defending his belt for the first time with a TKO victory in round five. To win the UFC Welterweight title, Usman defeated Tyron Woodley in a thrilling encounter at UFC 235 in March 2019, going the distance to lift the belt after a triumph on points.

Gilbert Burns - Record & Last 3 Fights

Fighting mostly in the Lightweight division since his first professional bout in 2012, Burns stepped up to the Welterweight division in 2019. Since then the 34-year-old the former three-times World Jiu-Jitsu World Champion has certainly made his mark, pitting impressive grappling skills against the best rivals of this weight.

Burns has thoroughly earned his crack at Usman and the UFC Welterweight Championship title. His most recent fight was a gruelling battle against Tyron Woodley, which featured as the headline bout for UFC on ESPN in May 2020. This enthralling encounter went lasted the full five rounds, with Burns defeating former champion Woodley by unanimous decision.

Fellow Brazilian fighter Demian Maia lasted just two minutes and thirty-four seconds, before being demolished by Burns in their homeland, at the UFC Fight Night headlined by Lee vs Oliveira in March 2020. As a late replacement for injured Thiago Alves in September 2019, Burns achieved a stunning unanimous decision win against Gunnar Nelson in Copenhagen.

Who Will Win?

Perhaps the greatest appeal for this particular fight is the contrasting styles on display. Usman boasts an exceptional record and is clearly the favourite for good reason, having proven to be a fearsome opponent who some consider unbeatable. Nevertheless, the technical ability and power of Burns will certainly prove a handful, making him a worthy challenger, which bodes well for a truly unmissable bout.