You will have to respect Kamaru Usman’s name after your performance on Saturday night.
The UFC welterweight champion endured a challenging first round and then patiently chose his spots before violently eliminating Gilbert Burns in the third round of the UFC 258 main event from UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
In a showdown of former teammates, Usman proved he is one of the best fighters on the planet by making adjustments, working behind the jab before ending his opponent. The victory extended Usman’s UFC winning streak to 12 and marked his third defense of the welterweight crown.
“This is my cage,” Usman said. “I’m the champion for a reason. When you walk in here there are no friends. He said he wanted something from me and he wanted to drink. I had to do what I had to do. I’m the best on the planet for a reason. Everyone else must respect! my damn name! “
For a moment, it felt like Burns was the one demanding respect. The fight started with Burns cutting Usman with a right hand and a kick to the head that buzzed the “Nigerian Nightmare”. But Usman pulled himself together and fired a piston-like blow that repeatedly found its target.
“I knew he hit hard,” Usman said of the first round. “That’s most of how the fight was. He has so much power in those hands. Every other fighter falls asleep in this division.”
Usman’s stamina shone through in the second round when he stepped in and continually fired the jab before seriously injuring Burns with his right hand. The entire fight changed in that very moment, and Usman never looked back.
“I’m a totally different savage when you come in here with me,” he said.
With Burns melting in front of him, Usman had his food ready to be placed in the oven. The third round opened with another series of punches. A thud put Burns on his back and Usman delighted his downed opponent with a series of punches that brought the fight to a halt 34 seconds into the round.
A new challenge will be to find a worthy opponent for Usman. The champion called for a rematch with Jorge Masvidal, whom he defeated last July on short notice at UFC 251, and promised to finish the fight within distance. But if it isn’t Masvidal, it can be anyone; the champion is ready for all challenges.
“Any of these fools can do it,” he said.
Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns Live Updates, UFC 258 Highlights
Round 3 (1:01 am): Usman immediately drops Burns with a jab, chases Burns to the ground, and pulverizes his former teammate to end the fight and pick up another title defense. What a performance.
Round 2 (12:55 am): A heavy blow from Usman knocks Burns back. They trade and Burns bites Usman. Usman shooting the jab. Usman’s hard right hand staggers Burns. He’s in trouble. Burns is melting. Jab turns Burns on his back. Burns is over, but the whole fight has changed. Burns looks for a takedown, but can’t get it. Usman, 10-9 (19-19)
Round 1 (12:49 am): Burns presses the action early and rocks Usman with a right hand. Burns lands a kick to the head but slides onto the mat. Burns works for a moment on the mat, but gets back to his feet where he has an advantage. Usman with a strong kick to the leg. Usman is not taking these blows from Burns well. Burns, 10-9
12:32 am: It’s main event time! Former teammates Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns will square off for Usman’s welterweight title. Can Burns pull off the surprise or will Usman add another name to his growing résumé?
12:23 am: Alexa Grasso got the unanimous decision over Maycee Barber after enduring a third round in which she had to defend herself against her opponent. After a solid first round, Grasso showed an impressive running game in the second frame, sweeping Barber and nearly sinking into an arm triangle choke. Barber increased the pressure in the final round and landed several hard shots while mixing in some leg takedowns to keep Grasso on the defensive. But Grasso having two rounds already on the bench earned her the victory and a place in the women’s flyweight division.
12:01 am: The co-main event is as follows: Maycee Barber returns after a devastating knee injury to face Alexa Grasso. They call Maycee “The Future”, but will Grasso make her a thing of the past?
11:49 pm: Gastelum gets back on track with a dominant performance against Heinisch that earned him a unanimous decision. A combination of fighting and punching put Gastelum back in the win column with scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28. There wasn’t much Heinsich could do to stop takedowns, and that meant his demise over the course of three rounds.
11:28 pm: Kelvin Gastelum aims to end his losing streak when he takes on Ian Heinisch below. Since landing his bid for UFC gold in an interim fight against Israel Adesanya, Gastelum has lost three games in a row. He desperately needs to win here, but Heinisch aims to shut down his opponent and prove himself as a middleweight contender.
11:17 pm: Ricky Simon’s grab and punch overwhelmed Kelleher during their three-round adventure. Simon fought smartly and neutralized his opponent’s blow to secure a unanimous decision victory.
10:53 pm: The following is a fight that was originally scheduled to be in the UFC Fight Pass preliminaries, but was spiked after Bobby Green passed out before weigh-in for his fight with Jim Miller. Brian Kelleher faces Ricky Simon in a featherweight showdown.
10:49 pm: A savage back-and-forth battle between Pitolo and Marquez ends with Marquez plunging into a choke d’arce in the third round to subdue Marquez. Pitolo was apparently headed for victory in a fantastic middleweight fight that saw both fighters give it their all in the third round despite being extremely gassed. Unfortunately for Pitolo, Marquez had a bit more when he fired a late salvo of strikes and managed to sink into the anaconda’s choke with just under a minute to go.
10:15 pm: We are live with the main card of UFC 258. A middleweight showdown between Maki Pitolo and Julian Marquez kicks off the PPV.
9:51 pm: Well, we shouldn’t doubt Hernandez after this performance. Viera apparently had the fight in hand with a dominant first minute, but couldn’t get Hernandez out of there and saw his opponent re-energize. Hernandez survived the chain submission attempts and shook Viera with punches late in the first round. With Viera exhausted, “Fluffy” spilled it with a bevy of punches before sinking into a guillotine for submission in the second.
9:39 pm: Rodolfo Viera aims to keep his undefeated MMA record intact against Anthony Hernandez in a middleweight showdown to close out the preliminaries.
9:33 pm: Muhammad’s pressure was simply too much for Lima to overcome. Muhammad earned a one-sided unanimous decision with scores of 30-27 across the board. Muhammad will certainly move up the rankings after this, and someone in the top 10 will get his name to face him next.
9:09 pm: We are live on Sporting News with coverage of UFC 258. After Polyana Viana’s skillful presentation on Mallory Martin, we have an important welterweight showdown between Dhiego Lima and Belal Muhammad; the winner can move up in a 170-pound open division and look to tonight’s main event.
UFC 258 start time
- First preliminaries: 6:30 pm ET
- Preliminaries: 8 pm ET
- Principal card: 10 pm ET
- Live broadcast: ESPN +
Usman vs. Burns will be the last of 11 fights at UFC 258. The main card, which includes four fights before the main event, is expected to begin at 10 pm Usman and Burns probably won’t start their title fight until midnight. ET or later.
How to watch Usman vs. Burns on PPV
- PPV price (current subscribers): $ 69.99
- PPV price (new subscribers with ESPN + package): $ 89.98
UFC 258’s first preliminaries and preliminaries can be watched for free on ESPN + for those who are already subscribed to the streaming service. The pay-per-view portion (that is, the main card) can be purchased for $ 69.99.
New subscribers can pay a package price of $ 89.98, which includes the fight and an annual subscription to ESPN +.
UFC 258 undercard results
- Kamaru Usman def. Gilbert Burns by TKO in 3rd round to retain UFC welterweight championship (: 34)
- Alexa Grasso defeat. Maycee Barber via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Kelvin Gastelum defeat. Ian Heinisch via unanimous decision 30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Julián Márquez defeat. Maki Pitolo via third round submission (4:17)
- Ricky Simon def. Brian Kelleher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Anthony Hernandez defeat. Rodolfo Viera via second round submission (1:53)
- Belal Muhammad def. Dhiego Lima by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Polyana defeat Viana. Mallory Martin via first-round submission (3:18)
- Chris Gutierrez defeat. Andre Ewell via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-27)
- Gabriel Green defeat. Philip Rowe via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Gillian Robertson vs. Miranda Maverick; women’s fly weights
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.