The fight between UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns is back in the books. the 2 are now set to satisfy within the main event of the UFC 258 pay-per-view on Feb. 13, UFC announced on Wednesday.
Burns is currently riding a six-fight streak, including two wins in early 2020 that cemented him as a title contender. He was originally set to face Usman at UFC 251 this past July, but a positive COVID-19 test resulted in Burns being pulled and subsequently replaced at the eleventh hour by Jorge Masvidal. The fight was then booked for UFC 256 in December 2020, but this point was scratched when Usman stated he needed longer to get over injuries before taking over the title defense.
Usman and Burns were teammates at Sanford MMA in Florida, though Usman moved his camp to Denver to coach with Trevor Wittman before their originally-planned UFC 251 clash. This came after a talk from both men about sharing a camp while getting to face one another being awkward.
UFC 258 info
Date: Feb. 13
Location: UFC APEX — Las Vegas
Start time: 10 p.m. ET (Main card) | 8 p.m. (Prelims)
Usman Welterweight won the title in March 2019, easily managing then-champion Tyrone Woodley. He secured successful titles against top rivals Colby Covington and Masvidal. The Masvidal fight was Usman’s only bout of 2020 and drew some criticism for being dull in his smothering grappling approach, albeit he dominated Masvidal while nullifying his smothering offense.
The fight — or rather the attempts to form the fight — with Burns has somewhat halted the highest end of the stacked welterweight division. But the fight may be a pairing of men on lengthy winning streaks who have also completely dominated their opposition in recent years.
The latest UFC PPV is upon us. The long-awaited welterweight showdown between champion Kamaru Usman and top contender Gilbert Burns is set to be the UFC 258 title in February. 13 from the APEX in Las Vegas. These two are plenty conversant in each other as they need to be trained alongside as teammates in South Florida over a previous couple of years but now will separate to travel toe-to-toe with the 170-pound title on the road.
Usman and Burns were expected to fight at UFC 251 this past July in one of the primary main event battles from Fight Island, only to ascertain Burns test positive In favor of Kovid-19 and Usman defended his belt on short notice against George Masvidal. the 2 were then targeted for a UFC 256 fight in December, but Usman withdrew, citing the necessity to get over undisclosed injuries. Now, the fight is finally set to travel down — assuming both fighters remain healthy within the coming weeks.
UFC 258 fight card, odds
Kamaru Usman (c) -280 vs. Gilbert Burns +230, welterweight championship
Alexa Grasso -160 vs. Maycee Barber +135, women’s flyweights
Kelvin Gastelum -220 vs. Ian Heinisch +180, middleweights
Pedro Munhoz -140 vs. Jimmie Rivera +120, bantamweights
Bobby Green -270 vs. Jim Miller +220, lightweights
Rodolfo Vieira -400 vs. Anthony Hernandez +310, middleweights
Dhiego Lima vs. Belal Muhammad, welterweights
Ricky Simon -270 vs. Brian Kelleher +220, featherweights
Miranda Maverick -150 vs. Gillian Robertson +125, women’s flyweights
Gabriel Green -125 vs. Phillip Rowe +105, welterweights
Julian Marquez -180 vs. Maki Pitolo +155, middleweights
Mallory Martin -150 vs. Polyana Viana +125, women’s strawweights