Looking for Kamaru Usman vs Gilbert Burns UFC 258 tips? Our UFC expert previews the UFC Welterweight Championship main event.
Kamaru Usman defends his title for the third time in a bout that was originally scheduled to happen twice last year, but challenger Gilbert Burns is now ready for his shot at UFC gold. UFC 258 will take place on Sunday, February 14.
Kamaru Usman Last 5 Fights 🥊
|July 12, 2020||Win||Jorge Masvidal||Decision (unanimous)|
|December 14, 2019||Win||Colby Covington||TKO (punches)|
|March 2, 2019||Win||Tyron Woodley||Decision (unanimous)|
|November 30, 2018||Win||Rafael dos Anjos||Decision (unanimous)|
|May 19, 2018||Win||Demian Maia||Decision (unanimous)|
Gilbert Burns Last 5 Fights 🥊
|May 30, 2020||Win||Tyron Woodley||Decision (unanimous)|
|March 14, 2020||Win||Demian Maia||TKO (punches)|
|September 28, 2019||Win||Gunnar Nelson||Decision (unanimous)|
|August 10, 2019||Win||Alexey Kunchenko||Decision (unanimous)|
|April 27, 2019||Win||Mike Davis||Submission (rear-naked choke)|
Kamaru Usman vs Gilbert Burns Tips, Predictions and Preview
This fight may be too soon for challenger Gilbert Burns with the 34-year-old Brazilian facing a champion at the top of his game.
Burns is on a six-fight winning streak following a TKO win over Demian Maia in the first round in March 2020 before complete domination against former champion Tyron Woodley. However, Woodley has looked terrible and a shell of the man that he once was.
Standing in his way is the champion, Kamaru Usman, who has a 17-1 professional record and a perfect record in the Octagon.
Usman defeated Colby Covington in a brutal manner and then dominated Jorge Masvidal in his latest title challenge.
The champion is a big, strong Welterweight who has the takedown skills to bring this fight to the mat if he desires, although Burns will be just as happy to grapple as he boasts eight victories via submission.
Usman will have a five-inch reach advantage in the stand-up game which means he can use that to land shots at range. He lands 4.6 significant strikes per minute compared to Burns’ 3.15 which means that Usman should have the striking advantage in terms of reach and volume in this fight.
Nine of the last 11 fights for Usman have gone the distance and Burns has only been stopped once, by Dan Hooker, which means this fight is likely to go the full five rounds. Once it is all set and done, Usman should retain his Welterweight belt.
UFC 258: Usman vs Burns Main Card Predictions
The co-main event is a Women’s Flyweight bout between Maycee Barber and Alexa Grasso. We like Grasso to walk away with the win in this fight.
UFC 258: Usman vs Burns Preliminary Card Predictions
See below for all our predictions for the prelims for UFC 258: Usman vs Burns.