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Gilbert Burns would like to rematch Kamaru Usman: ‘I used to be very emotional in that first battle’

Looking at the landscape of the UFC welterweight division, Gilbert Burns believes now is a good time to run things back with Kamaru Usman. Burns (22-7 MMA, 15-7 UFC) challenged Usman for the 170-pound title in the UFC 258 main event in February 2021. “Durinho” stunned Usman early but was ultimately finished by third-round TKO.

Gilbert Burns would like to rematch Kamaru Usman: ‘I used to be very emotional in that first battle’


Wanting on the panorama of the UFC welterweight division, Gilbert Burns believes now is an effective time to run issues again with Kamaru Usman.

Burns (22-7 MMA, 15-7 UFC) challenged Usman for the 170-pound title within the UFC 258 fundamental occasion in February 2021. “Durinho” surprised Usman early however was ultimately finished by third-round TKO.

Each Burns and Usman (20-4 MMA, 15-3 UFC) are at present experiencing their first-ever shedding skids. Usman’s most up-to-date bout got here at middleweight when he was edged out by Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 294.

“I don’t assume he would do it, however I’d love to do this battle,” Burns mentioned on the “Show me the Money” podcast. “I believe it’s a (battle) again within the prime 5 for me, a rematch. For positive, I’ll battle him.”

Tensions had been excessive within the lead-up between Kill Cliff FC teammates Burns and Usman, which led to Burns being emotional. Burns couldn’t maintain again the tears after getting completed by the extremely intense Usman.

“For positive I’d strategy it in a different way,” Burns mentioned of a possible rematch with Usman. “I used to be very emotional in that first battle, first title battle. I misplaced the chance once I acquired COVID, and I hoped to maintain the chance. I used to be coaching and acquired very emotional within the battle.

“I made a few dumb errors, and I don’t assume I’d try this once more. However Kamaru, he’s a really clever fighter. Again then, he was the man. I believe it will be a tremendous battle. If I might choose, that may be my choose for my subsequent battle.”

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Burns has misplaced two straight to Belal Muhammad at UFC 288 and Jack Della Maddalena at UFC 299 in March.

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