Kamaru Usman remained the UFC welterweight champion in the main event of Saturday’s UFC 258 pay-per-view card with a third round knockout win over Gilbert Burns.
Burns, who is a former teammate of Usman’s, came out of the gate fast and hard and that approach paid benefits early as he rocked Usman early in the first round. However, Usman was able to recover from that quick start and when the second round began, Usman took over.
Usman, who was tied with UFC legend Georges St-Pierre for the longest winning streak in UFC welterweight history ahead of this matchup, used a nasty jab to hurt Burns and once he had his former raining partner hurt, he kept up the pressure and continued to use his piston of a jab to score.
Early in the third round it was that jab that snapped Burns’ head back and drop him to the mat. Once Burns hit the deck, Usman moved in for the finish. The knockout win was Usman’s third successful defense of the UFC welterweight title and 13th straight victory.
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After the fight, Usman and Burns embraced in the center of the octagon.
During his post-fight interview, the champ called for a rematch with Jorge Masvidal, who he defeated by decision at UFC 251.
UFC 258 took place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The pay-per-view card streamed on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+ and early prelims on ESPN+.
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